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Ollie Taylor

Elementary school teacher, Ollie M. Taylor was born on September 14, 1937 Tallahassee, Florida to Major and Mary Thompson. She is the oldest of four children: Albert, Douglas and Major, Jr. Taylor attended Bond Jr. High School and graduated from Florida A & M University High School in Tallahassee, Florida in 1956. In 1957, she married Willie J. Taylor and relocated to Chicago, Illinois. Taylor and her husband had their first, Anthony Taylor, in 1958. Their second child Angela Taylor was born three years later, and their youngest, Valerie Taylor, was born in 1963. In 1970, Taylor attended Kennedy King College in Chicago, Illinois where she completed her A.A. degree in 1972. She then transferred to National Louis University in Evanston, Illinois and earned her B.S. degree in education in 1975, and her M.S. degree in education in 1989.

From 1964 to 1969, Taylor began working in clerical positions for Spiegel Inc. in Chicago, Illinois. Then, in 1970, she began her career as an educator at the Chicago Urban Day School in Chicago, where she implemented the Montessori curriculum. In 1975, she joined the Chicago Board of Education and began teaching Head Start early developmental classes for children at Goldblatt Elementary School Chicago. Beginning in 1982, Taylor accepted a position at Melody Elementary School Chicago, where she taught kindergarten for several years. Taylor transferred to Ray Graham Training Center in Chicago.

Taylor received many awards for her outstanding work with students and parents throughout her teaching career. She retired from teaching after more than three decades of service at the age of sixty-six. Taylor resides with her husband, daughter and two of her four grandchildren in Bryan, Texas.

Ollie Taylor was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on 08/13/2012.

Accession Number

A2012.189

Sex

Female

Interview Date

8/13/2012

Last Name

Taylor

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Schools

Bond Elementary School

FAMU Developmental Research School

Kennedy–King College

National Louis University

First Name

Ollie

Birth City, State, Country

Tallahassee

HM ID

TAY11

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Florida

Favorite Vacation Destination

St. Lucia

Favorite Quote

Scoot The Boot.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Texas

Birth Date

9/14/1937

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Bryan/College Station

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Fish

Short Description

Elementary school teacher Ollie Taylor (1937 - ) taught elementary school students for twenty-eight years.

Employment

Spiegel, Inc.

Chicago Board of Education

Favorite Color

Black

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DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ollie Taylor's interview

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ollie Taylor lists her favorites

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ollie Taylor describes her mother's family background

Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ollie Taylor remembers lessons from her maternal family

Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ollie Taylor talks about her mother's career

Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ollie Taylor describes her mother's community in Tallahassee, Florida

Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ollie Taylor describes her father's family background

Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ollie Taylor remembers the Bond community near Tallahassee, Florida

Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ollie Taylor talks about her paternal grandfather's career

Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ollie Taylor recalls her paternal grandparents' deaths

Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ollie Taylor describes her father's personality

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ollie Taylor describes her father's role in the bus boycotts

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ollie Taylor remembers celebrating Emancipation Day

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ollie Taylor recalls her father's relationship with her paternal grandfather

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ollie Taylor describes her father's career during World War II

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ollie Taylor talks about her parents' relationship

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ollie Taylor describes her likeness to her father

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ollie Taylor talks about her racial identity

Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ollie Taylor describes her earliest childhood memory

Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ollie Taylor lists her siblings

Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ollie Taylor describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt. 1

Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Ollie Taylor describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt. 2

Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ollie Taylor describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt. 3

Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ollie Taylor recalls the celebrity visitors to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes

Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ollie Taylor remembers Bond Junior High School in Tallahassee, Florida, pt. 1

Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ollie Taylor remembers Bond Junior High School in Tallahassee, Florida, pt. 2

Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ollie Taylor remembers World War II

Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ollie Taylor recalls her social activities

Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ollie Taylor recalls facing discrimination from her black teachers

Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ollie Taylor describes the treatment of black teachers in the South

Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ollie Taylor remembers her early mentors

Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Ollie Taylor talks about her early aspirations

Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Ollie Taylor recalls an influential teacher at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University High School

Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Ollie Taylor remembers the music of her youth

Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ollie Taylor talks about the options for social activities in the segregated South

Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ollie Taylor talks about her nomination for Ms. FAMU High

Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ollie Taylor recalls playing sports at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University High School

Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ollie Taylor remembers her extracurricular activities

Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ollie Taylor describes her employment as a youth

Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ollie Taylor remembers leaving her hometown of Tallahassee, Florida

Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ollie Taylor remembers meeting her husband

Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ollie Taylor recalls the births of her children

Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ollie Taylor remembers meeting Ora Higgins

Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Ollie Taylor talks about the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois

Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Ollie Taylor remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ollie Taylor recalls the start of the black pride movement

Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ollie Taylor talks about her experiences at Kennedy-King College in Chicago, Illinois

Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ollie Taylor recalls her husband's graduation from the Illinois Institute of Technology

Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ollie Taylor describes the start of her career in education

Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ollie Taylor describes her experiences of discrimination during her early teaching career

Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ollie Taylor talks about the politics of the Chicago Public Schools

Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ollie Taylor describes her experiences as a teacher in Chicago Public Schools

Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ollie Taylor talks about her philosophy of teaching

Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ollie Taylor describes the highlights of her teaching career

Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Ollie Taylor talks about her challenges as a teacher

Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ollie Taylor remembers Chicago Mayor Harold Washington's administration

Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ollie Taylor talks about volunteering at the eta Creative Arts Foundation

Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ollie Taylor remembers volunteering at her children's schools

Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ollie Taylor talks about her family

Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ollie Taylor reflects upon her legacy

Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ollie Taylor reflects upon her life

Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Ollie Taylor describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community

Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Ollie Taylor narrates her photographs

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DATitle
Ollie Taylor remembers the music of her youth
Ollie Taylor recalls her father's relationship with her paternal grandfather
Transcript
What kind of music did you like in high school [Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University High School; Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Developmental Research School, Tallahassee, Florida]?$$It was all kinds. Well, it--we enjoyed blues, would you think--the young kids--blues.$$Like who?$$Well, [HistoryMaker] B. B. King is my favorite.$$Um-hm. Now was he a favorite in high school?$$Yeah. We used to listen. It was--who is this little song that we used to dance off all the time--and I don't remember the name of it--I mean, the person [Hank Ballard] but it was 'Work with Me, Annie.'$$Oh, yeah, I remember that, yeah, right, I remember that.$$Oh, and Johnny Ace, 'The Clock.' Who else, 'cause we used to go the fountain then and dance in the morning, and come to the class smelling like bugs. And the teachers told the man who owned it, that he would have to close it in the morning. We couldn't go over there, it was just right across the street, you know, from the school. And who else did we--$$Was Ray Charles big then?$$Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, Ray Charles. Let's see who else.$$This is the beginning of what they call rock and roll or, you know, R and B [rhythm and blues], you know, as such I guess right. Sort of the, kind of transitioning from the band music to, you know, more bands--I mean smaller bands.$$But smaller bands.$Now did your dad [Major Thompson, Sr.] finish school himself or--?$$Unh-uh.$$Okay.$$He only went to about sixth or seventh grade.$$Okay.$$But he was really, you know, how it was--long time ago people were gifted, they was smart.$$Right, yeah--so he (simultaneous)--$$(Simultaneous) And sometimes you didn't go, you know.$$Did he work with his--$$He was a self made person, huh?$$Yeah, did, did he work with his father [Hinton Thompson] on the development of those houses or anything?$$(Shakes head) Unh-uh, unh-uh.$$He didn't?$$(Shakes head) Unh-uh.$$What--did they have--way you're sha- shaking your head, they may not of had a close relationship, is that--$$No, they didn't.$$Oh, okay. What happened? Was that--$$I don't remember, I don't, you know, I don't know what happened. I was close--not what you would say--'cause I was a lil' girl. I mean, you know, I had more dealings interactions with my Grandma Fannie [Fannie Holloman Thompson] than I did with Grandpa Hinton. 'Cause they always said that he was really smart also, so--$$Yeah, I think he would if he had all that property.$$Um-hm (simultaneous).$$(Simultaneous) Yeah.$$Um-hm.$$I mean (unclear) so--but your father and your grandfather had some kind of a falling out or something?$$I don't know. 'Cause my father was headstrong. And I guess he didn't do the--what--he was the youngest. I remember that part, and he didn't do what was--things that family expected him to do so--$$Now did your father come from a big--was there--did he have a lot of brothers and sisters?$$Let me see. Alec, Solomon, Alice, Effie [Effie Thompson Rogers]--$$You can name 'em out loud if you want to.$$Oh!$$'Cause this is for your family on tape, so--$$Oh, okay, it was Alec [Alexander Thompson], Luke [Luke Thompson], Alice [Alice Thompson], Stella [Stella Thompson Collins]. Did I say Solomon [Solomon Thompson], and my father he was the youngest [sic.]. So it was--I remember six of them, I think.$$Six, okay.$$Um-hm.$$All right. And I didn't ask you this but what--did your mother [Mary Davis Thompson] have a big family too or were there--$$She came from--her family--I think it was five.$$That's (simultaneous)--$$(Simultaneous) Let's see--$$You can go ahead, name 'em.$$Son [Nelson Davis], Buddy [Randy Davis], my mother (unclear) Rainse, Edith [Edith Davis Brim], Samuel [Samuel Davis III], it was five of them.$$Okay.$$Um-hm.$$And those really aren't big families for those days (simultaneous).$$(Simultaneous) No.$$It's just--$$Um-hm.$$--pretty ordinary families, but.$$Right.$$Nowadays it might be considered a big family but (laughter)--$$(Laughter) Yeah.$$In those days people were at like ten, twelve kids.$$Kids, um-hm.