2015 Beauty In/ Beauty Out Awards Honoree – Gayle Jackson


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Los Angeles, CA (PRLog), Amirakal Marketing, May 21, 2015

[Repost by The DeSean Jackson Foundation, JLA., 5/22/2015.]


Beauty In / Beauty Out Awards 2015

Back on the move for the third year in a row, the Beauty In / Beauty Out (BIBO) Awards Show is kicking off 2015 with a new stop in sunny California.  This prestigious awards Show will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Beyond the Stars Palace 417 ½ N. Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA 91203, at 6:30 p.m., PT.  Attire is semi-formal.

This is the first time the BIBO Awards will host a show in California and BIBO Founder, Traci S. Campbell, is excited to bring BIBO to California; and, to celebrate the beautiful, intelligent women that are making a difference on the West Coast.

There will be amazing women honored at this year’s event. A sneak peak at some of the honorees includes:  Gayle Jackson, President and Co-Founder, of the DeSean Jackson Foundation, the Professional Football Players’ Mothers’ Association; and, the “momager” who oversees the career and business interests of her son, DeSean Jackson, of the Washington Redskins, will be honored for her work in the community; and Pancreatic Cancer Awareness.

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Gayle Jackson, President, The DeSean Jackson Foundation


Alli Simpson, the host of the “Alli Simpson Show”, and the youngest nationally syndicated radio host at Radio Disney. She is also a Fashion Blogger and the face of Kiss Impress Nails and Lashes. She is a Brand Ambassador for Mudd Clothing, an honor she shares with Noah Cyrus (brother of singer Miley Cyrus) and Stella Hudgens (sister of actress Vanessa Hudgens). She also works closely with her brother Cody Simpson with Teen Cancer America. She is an icon for millions of girls across the US and will be accepting the Starlett Award, an honor bestowed upon a young woman making a difference in her community.

The impressive list of celebrity award presenters for BIBO Los Angeles include: BIBO Alumna Yennifer Behrens, actress (“General Hospital, Seven Pounds” and co-founder of True Form Films), former boxer, Alan Santana, now West Coast Representative for the World Boxing Federation, Entrepreneur, Geir Ness, fragrance designer and creator of Laila perfume, Actor Deon Richmond (“Cosby Show”, “Sister Sister”, “Psych”); and, Actress Valery Ortiz (VH1’s “Hit the Floor”).

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BIBO is also proud to announce that one of this year’s Reflection Award honorees is Actress and AIDS Activist, Sheryl Lee Ralph. Boasting an award-winning television, film and stage play acting and singing career spanning over 20 years and now a speaker, author and well-respected activist for women and HIV/AIDS, Sheryl Lee Ralph epitomizes the best of what being a “Diva” is all about. Most noted for her lead film role opposite Denzel Washington in “The Mighty Quinn” and her lead television role as stepmom Dee Mitchell opposite Brandy Norwood in “Moesha” and of course her legendary performance and Tony Award nomination for Best Actress as Deena Jones in the classic Broadway musical “Dreamgirls”, Sheryl Lee Ralph is an icon of talent and beauty. BIBO is most excited to honor Sheryl for her work as the founder of the DIVA Foundation and “Divas Simply Singing”, both designed to create awareness, generate resources and coordinate activities to combat against HIV/AIDS, and for “Sometimes I Cry”, the one-woman show conceived and writted by Sheryl Lee Ralph, inspired by real-life stories of women affected by AIDS.

The BIBO Los Angeles Tickets will be available for purchase soon. For more information on BIBO LA, including sponsorship packages and media

credential submissions, visit http://www.beautyinbeautyouttour.com.

BIBO, which stands for ‘Beauty In / Beauty Out’ is presented by the C.H.A.M.P. Community Project, a 501(c) (3) organization, which provides self-development and self-empowerment educational programs focused on the emotional and mental well-being of adults as well as teens who are living in single-parent environments. Both organizations were founded by Social Entrepreneur, Traci S. Campbell, who is an author, life coach, motivational speaker and radio host. The goal of the awards show is “to change the negative and oftentimes unrealistic images of women in mainstream media today. We promote real beauty, education, and real role models for the next generation by spotlighting community SUPERWOMEN.” A portion of ticket sales will benefit the C.H.A.M.P. Community Project.


For more information on the founder of C.H.A.M.P. Community project and the Beauty In/Beauty Out (BIBO) Awards, Traci S. Campbell, visit http://www.traciscampbell.com, http://www.beautyinbeautyouttour.com and follow her and her organization on Twitter @traciscampbell and @bibotour and Instagram @bibotour. For press and media inquiries for Traci S. Campbell, C.H.A.M.P. and the Beauty In/Beauty Out (BIBO)

Awards, contact Amirakal Marketing at pr@amirakalmarketing.com or 678-545-6276.

About Amirakal Marketing

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Fundraiser in Honor of former Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Director


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[Repost by The DeSean Jackson Foundation, 5/09/2015.]

Fundraiser for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in honor of former Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Director, Suzanne Mitchell  http://purplestride.kintera.org/dfw/thesuzanneteam


Gayle Jackson, President, of The DeSean Jackson Foundation, and mother of NFL All Pro Washington Redskin, DeSean Jackson, appeals to their Washington Redskins’ fan base to join her in reaching across the playing field to support a fundraiser for Suzanne Mitchell, former Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader.  Suzanne was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer last June.  Gayle and DeSean Jackson co-founded The DeSean Jackson Foundation in 2009 after William “Bill” Jackson, DeSean’s father died from Pancreatic Cancer while DeSean was a rookie with the Philadelphia Eagles.   “We must put aside our team affiliation and brand loyalty to become One Team for One Purpose–to eradicate this dreadful disease”, states Gayle Jackson.

Suzanne Mitchell joined the Dallas Cowboys Football Club in 1975. The story goes she sat across the desk from her soon to be employer Texas E. Schramm and when he asked the traditional interview question of where she wanted to be in five years, Suzanne gave a not so traditional response, “Your chair looks pretty comfortable”. Tex’s laughter roared across the desk as he shook her hand and said, “You’re hired”. Thus began an incredible journey. Suzanne sometimes known as “Mom”, Mitch or the Iron Butterfly was asked by Tex to take over the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders in “her spare time” after the 1976 Super Bowl. And takeover she did, she took a group of young women that were not that well known and put them on a national stage, overnight they were America’s Sweethearts and the most sought after group in the country. And over the next decade almost every other professional football team followed her lead. She is known in the NFL Cheerleading circle as the “Godmother of professional cheerleaders”.
Born in Fort Worth, this Texas Legend has traveled the world and was quite successful before joining the Cowboys organization, she worked for a Park Avenue Publishing House as well for the U.S. Ski Team, but it was as Director of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders where Suzanne found her home and enjoyed tremendous success. She made two Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders TV movies with ABC, two episodes of the Love Boat, appeared on too many TV shows to list as well as the Country Music Awards. Unlike today as Director she went on every single DOD/ USO Tour with her girls. Suzanne spent nine Christmas on the DMZ in Korea and had a marine not pushed her head out of the way she would have been shot right between the eyes by PLO random gunfire in Beirut in 1983. Her journey is so exciting and so outrageous at times does not seem real, but Suzanne not only lived every single moment, she was in charge at a time when few women were in charge. She was at the helm orchestrating every move, every press release, every routine, and every appearance, she wrote all copy and even the fan mail for security purposes went to Suzanne first and then the girls. One of her earlier employers was quoted as saying Suzanne did the work of six people and always gave 500%.
The message Suzanne wanted to depart on her girls the most was “it is not what is happening to them that is important, but what is happening thru them”. Last June Suzanne was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Pancreatic Cancer is the deadliest of all cancers with no cure and no earlier detection. Only 6% of those diagnosed live five years beyond diagnosis and more research for this deadly cancer is desperately needed. Once diagnosed Suzanne started her campaign to help others. Her message of “what happens thru you” is more relevant at this moment than ever before. Suzanne and her team are fighting to raise money and awareness of Pancreatic Cancer so that others never experience this dreadful disease.

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2015 Play-4-Life All Star Clinic Featuring DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins’ Wide Receiver


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[Reposted by JLA, The DeSean Jackson Foundation,  5/25/2015.]

Allstar Clinic



SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015


 The All Star Clinic is a comprehensive football clinic in partnership with the Helping Youth Pursue Excellence organization (HYPE), Panther football and the Play4Life Foundation with the mission of offering a clinic for the scholar athlete and their families. Panther football is dedicated to the mental and physical development of the student athlete through sports and education, creating life long success. In addition to the Playbook, HYPE has adopted and embraced the philosophy of the Play4Life Foundation that emphasizes the implementation of the “five disciplines” in to every aspect of a student athlete’s life. These disciplines are Desire, Dream, Vision, Belief and Power. This clinic is the launch of the pilot program and the partnership and collaboration of HYPE and Play4Life.

The PLAYBOOK is an interactive, long-term, life and academics enrichment program designed to accompany the documentary “DeSean Jackson: The Making of a Father’s Dream”. The documentary was used as the springboard to an intervention curriculum for athletes and their coaches – and mainstream students and their teachers – which leads to a structured, individualized plan for those student athlete’s (or student’s) success both on the field or in the classroom.

Where: University of California, Davis, Howard Field (& Social Science Building room 1100)

Cost: $60 per child (Registration includes: Tee-Shirt, Lunch, Swag Bag, Parent Workshops, College Tour)

Register On-Line:  Event Brite:  www.P4LALLSTARclinic.eventbrite.com


8:00am – 10:00am – Registration and Check-In

10:15 – 11:00 — Welcome and Introductions
11:10 – 12:00 —Transition to Dynamic Warm-Up and Basic Drills
Parent –to-Parent: Workshops (TBD) or Campus Tour
12:10 – 1:00 – Drill Stations including hydration and Nutrition and wellness; 5-10 minutes each.
Parent –to-Parent: Workshops (TBD) or Campus Tour
2:00 – 3:00 —Individuals, 5-minute discussion and separate into positions: Linebackers, Receivers, Tight ends, O-line; D-line, Quarterbacks, Running backs, Defensive backs
3:00 – 4:00 –WRAP UP
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Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Ages 6 – 15

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Football cleats

Wear tee-shirt/shorts

Bring a water bottle

Recent report card and or quarter report

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?


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What is the refund policy?

There are no refunds for this event.

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Want to learn more about DeSean Jackson and the DeSean Jackson Foundation?  Visit his blog, http://www.deseanjacksonfoundation.org.

Washington Redskins’ Offense – 1st Day – Offseason Training – Game On!

[Repost by The DeSean Jackson Foundation, JLA, April 22, 2015, 6:55 P.M.]

Monday, April 20, 2015, Washington Redskins Official Website 

The following pictures of the first day of Washington Redskins’ offense voluntary off season training was posted earlier today:  GAME ON!  #HTTR


 Quarter Back, RG III and Wide Receiver-Punt Return Specialist, DeSean Jackson



De’Anthony Thomas Joins DeSean Jackson in Giving Back


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De’Anthony ThomasThe Black Momba, of the  Kansas City Chiefs, joined DeSean Jackson, of the Washington Redskins, and CEO, of The DeSean Jackson Foundation, during the off season in an effort to ‘give back’ to the youth in their neighborhoods in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, CA .

Gayle Jackson, President, The DeSean Jackson Foundation, said the Bakersfield F.A.S.T. Camp was a partnership with Dwayne Frampton and the event hosted approximately 150 youth; and, required the professional athletes who participated to travel to Bakersfield at their own expense but more important taking time away from their OTA’s and family for the 2-day event.  The appearances in Los Angeles, states Mrs. Jackson, consisted of just showing up at local football practices unannounced with no media; and, instilling the values, virtue and belief that your dreams, passion and heart are the keys to your success.

Desean also supported Mrs. Jackson and the NFL Moms with their annual Read Across America campaign which traveled to schools in Southern California encouraging youth to read and also targeted sedentary lifestyles.  Mrs. Jackson states that these are the stories that need to be told and that young men across the league utilize the off season to “Do Good” and “Give Back”; and ‘Community Tuesday’ during the season.  This is just two stories of two young men who enriched the lives of hundreds of kids in two weeks during the off season told from my perspective.  We need to hear more!

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Please follow De’Anthony, at http://www.datblackmomba.com. to learn more about the launch of De’Anthony’s foundation, Bridge the Gap.

De'Anthony Thomas "The Black Momba, Kansas City Chief, Joined DeSean Jackson .

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DeSean Jackson, Patrick Stewart To Serve as Grand Prix Grand Marshals


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DeSean Jackson, Patrick Stewart to Serve as Grand Prix Grand Marshals

Posted: Friday, April 10, 2015 9:00 pm  [Repost: By The DeSean Jackson Foundation, JLA, 4/11/2015.]

Sir Patrick Stewart will serve as Grand Marshal for the featured Verizon IndyCar Series race on Sun., April 19 at the 41st Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The acclaimed stage and screen actor is a racing enthusiast who competed in the 2002 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race on the streets of Long Beach.  Best known for his roles in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and the X-Men franchise, Stewart returns to series television later this year starring as the title character in “Blunt Talk,” a half-hour comedy executive produced by Seth MacFarlane and Jonathan Ames for Starz.


DeSean Jackson, Honorary Grand Marshall

Saturday’s Grand Marshal, Washington Redskins’ wide receiver and punt return specialist, 3X pro footballer DeSean Jackson, is a three-time NFL Pro Bowl selection who prepped at Long Beach Poly High School before going on to stardom at the University of California, Berkeley, and with the Philadelphia Eagles and was acquired by the Washington Redskins in 2014.  DeSean Jackson, and his mother, Gayle Jackson, are the co-founders of the DeSean Jackson Foundation, a public charity founded in 2009 in memory of William “Bill” Jackson who died from Pancreatic Cancer while DeSean Jackson was a rookie with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Vince Neil. of Mötley Crüe. will wave the green flag as Saturday’s Honorary Starter and will also star later that evening in the “Rock-N-Roar” Concert, free to race ticket holders.  On Sunday, Honorary Starter honors fall to long-time open-wheel and sports car driving star Adrian Fernandez, who is enshrined on the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame.

Saturday’s national anthem singer will be Karla Mosley, who has appeared in “Hart of Dixie” and currently is a regular on TV’s popular “The Bold and the Beautiful” and, on Sunday, actor/musician James Maslow, a competitor in Saturday’s Pro/Celebrity Race and the star of the top-rated Nickelodeon program, “Big Time Rush,” will sing the anthem before the IndyCar race.

Team Fastrax, a famous sky diving team, will be bringing in the American flag both Saturday and Sunday, courtesy of team members Paul Stanford, Jay Stokes and Hollis Collins.

Sunday’s invocation will be given by Father Glenn O’Conner, Catholic Chaplain with the Verizon IndyCar Ministry.  And, our nation’s colors will be presented on both days by Alpha Company, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, California Army National Guard.


Save The Date: DeSean Jackson F.A.S.T. Football Camp – Washington, DC


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DeSean Jackson, CEO, of the DeSean Jackson Foundation, and the DC State Athletic Association announced today that they will be partnering to bring the DeSean Jackson F.A.S.T. Elite Football Camp and his elite Team Jackson to Washington, DC.  DeSean Jackson and his foundation developed his F.A.S.T. camp concept when DeSean was a rookie wide receiver and punt return specialist with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Since its inception, camps have been held in numerous cities on the East and West Coasts and the state of Utah.  Jackson prides himself at being very involved and present during the entire camp; and, takes advantage of the opportunity to motivate the youth by his ‘hands on’ approach with football skills; and, delivering his message of inclusion, self-respect and respect for others, “One of One” and an Anti-Bullying campaign.

DeSean Camp

The event will be held on June 5, 2015, at Riggs LaSalle Recreation Center, 501 Riggs Road, NE, Washington, DC 20011, 4:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.  Details regarding registration, opportunities to volunteer and sponsor the event, media and spectators will be published at a later date by the DC State Athletic Association and the DeSean Jackson Foundation.


DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins’ wide receiver and punt return specialist, is excited about the opportunity to partner with the DC Athletic Association on his inaugural F.A.S.T. Camp in D.C. and looks forward to meeting the youth, corporate sponsors and fans who have embraced and supported his family, foundation and his 2014 acquisition by the Washington Redskins.

For more information about The DeSean Jackson Foundation, please visit: http://www.deseanjacksonfoundation.org.


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DeSean Jackson: Wide Receiver, Special Teams, or Just Special?


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DeSean Jackson: Wide Receiver, Special Teams, or just Special?


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DeSean Jackson wears two hats, as wide receiver and return specialist for the Washington Redskins. He was an All-American at the University of California, Berkeley and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Jackson has been selected to the Pro Bowl three times. He is the first player selected to the Pro Bowl at two different position in the (2010 Pro Bowl (as a wide receiver and return specialist). He is one of the fastest and quickest players in the NFL, He has run 10.5 seconds in the 100 meters.

One man’s loss is another man’s gain as they say and the Washington Redskins picked up DeSean Jackson after the Philadelphia Eagles released him in 2014.

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DeSean Jackson is one of the key players our 2015 Washington Redskins football team will be built around, I believe with Jay Grudens system, and his own talent and leadership qualities and dedication and great work ethic, Jackson will have a banner year and help take the Redskins to the NFC East Championship and NFC playoffs. HAIL DeSean Jackson

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Art Monk and DeSean Jackson Headline the 2015 Washington Football Legends


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March 25, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) [Reprinted by The DeSean Jackson Foundation]

Washington Football Legends announced its 2015 award recipients, who will be honored during the Seventh Annual Washington Football Legends Scholarship Gala, a Charity Benefit Dinner & Auction on Saturday, March 28 at the Bethesda North Marriott in Bethesda, MD.


The 2015 honorees are: ART MONK, Wide Receiver Bobby Mitchell Champion of the Gridiron Award DESEAN JACKSON, Wide Receiver Quarterback Club Washington Redskins Player of the Year Award KEENAN REYNOLDS, United States Naval Academy College Player of the Year Award, Presented by BMW and Mini of Sterling RICHIE PETITBON, Gonzaga College High School Herman Boone High School Player of the Year Award JIM VANCE, WRC-TV News4 Anchor in Washington, DC, George Michael Excellence in Media Award The Washington Football Legends Scholarship Gala, Presented by Marriott, honors the achievements of Greater Washington, D.C. area football players, community leaders, members of the media and Washington Redskins legends. The honorees are chosen by a Selection Committee comprised of respected media members including Glenn Harris, Chick Hernandez, Larry Michael and Rick “Doc” Walker. “The Washington Football Legends Scholarship Gala is a meaningful endeavor that benefits those in need and recognizes outstanding achievement,” said former Redskins Quarterback and Super Bowl XXII MVP Doug Williams. “Washington D.C. is a special place and a community we all love. The support of Marriott International, the Washington Redskins and the NFL has been instrumental in making this night a great success every year.” To learn more about Washington Football Legends visit http://www.WashingtonFootballLegends.com, follow on Twitter or like on Facebook.

The Washington Football Legends Scholarship Gala is a nostalgic evening of tribute, food and fun to honor football legends in our nation’s capital & provide scholarships for minority higher education assistance.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Legends Cocktail Reception,
Silent Auction

7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Dinner, Entertainment, Live Auction and Program

About Washington Football Legends – The Washington Football Legends Scholarship Gala is a nostalgic evening of tribute, food and fun to honor football legends in our nation’s capital & provide scholarships for minority higher education assistance. In addition to honoring the greatest football players, sportscasters and philanthropists in the region, the Washington Football Legends event has awarded nearly $150,000 in grants and scholarships to minority students in the Washington, D.C. area. The evening is hosted annually by the Joyce & Thomas Moorehead Foundation and the Shack Harris & Doug Williams Foundation.

Media Contact: Burt Trembly FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE C: 702-622-2275 Burt@WashingtonFootballLegends.com

2015 National Women’s History Month


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2015 National Women’s History Month Honorees

Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives

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March is National Women’s History Month.  2015 is the National Women’s History Project’s  35th Anniversary.  In celebration of this landmark anniversary, the DeSean Jackson Foundation has chosen 4 women as 2015 Honorees who have contributed in very special ways to “writing women back into history.” Collectively, their creations reveal the depth and breadth of the multicultural female experience. They have woven women’s stories into the fabric of our history and society.  – Gayle Jackson, President, The DeSean Jackson Foundation.

Dr. Audrey Forbes Manley (1934 -)

Dr. ManleyDr. Audrey Forbes Manley became the first alumna to lead her beloved alma mater when she was appointed Spelman College’s eighth president in 1997. Dr. Manley’s unwavering dedication, experience, and intimate knowledge of the institution served Spelman well as she successfully guided the College into the New Millennium.

Dr. Forbes Manley was born in Mississippi in 1934. She spent her early years there before moving to Chicago, where she graduated from Wendell Phillips High School in 1951. She earned her bachelor’s degree as a member of Spelman’s Class of 1955, and immediately continued her education at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. After receiving her medical degree in 1959, she returned to Chicago where she completed her residency at Cook County Children’s Hospital in 1963. At 27, she was the first woman, second African-American, and the youngest person to be named chief resident physician at the hospital’s pediatric division. After working at the North Lawndale Neighborhood Health Center, Dr. Manley served two years as the assistant medical director at the Woodlawn Child Heath Center; then relocated to San Francisco where she practiced pediatric medicine at Mt. Zion Medical Center. She also held several faculty positions at the University of Illinois, the University of Chicago, and the University of California.

In 1966, Dr. Manley was elected to Spelman’s Board of Trustees and served from 1966 to 1970. In 1991 Dr. Manley received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Spelman College.

In 1970, she married Dr. Albert Manley, Spelman College’s fifth president, and became the first lady of her alma mater until her husband’s retirement in 1976. As first lady, she initiated the Health Careers Office and chaired the Health Careers Advisory Committee. She also served as an organizer and consultant of the Family Planning Program and Initiative for College Personnel in Family Planning and as medical director of the Family Planning Program for the Atlanta University Center.

During this time, her medical career continued to flourish. She served as chief of medical services at Grady Memorial Hospital’s Emory University Family Planning Clinic in Atlanta. In 1976, she became a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service and in 1987 earned a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University.

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Dr. Manley was the first African-American woman appointed principal deputy assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Public Health Service. She served as deputy U.S. surgeon general in 1994, and acting U.S. surgeon general from 1995 to 1997. Following Dr. Albert Manley’s death in 1997, Dr. Audrey Forbes Manley returned to Spelman – this time as president. She led the College for five successful years before retiring and becoming president emerita.

Historical Highlights During Dr. Manley’s Presidency

  • Under Dr. Manley’s administration the College had a balanced budget and an increased asset growth of more than $30 million; and a physical plant growth of more than $50 million. The College endowment grew more than $63 million; and she raised more than $70 million in private and federal funds.
  • In 1998, Spelman was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s premier honor society. During the same year, the school became a provisional member of NCAA Division II in basketball, volleyball, cross-country, tennis, and track and field.
  • The College continued to receive several top rankings including No. 1 by Black Enterprise as best environment for Black collegians; No. 2 on the fifth annual list of Top Ten Activist Schools by Mother Jones Magazine in 1998; and No. 2 by the Association of Medical Colleges in placing African-American students in medical school.
  • In 2001, the Division of Media and Information Technology was established.
  • Professor Ayoka Chenzira, internationally noted filmmaker and visual artist, was the first recipient of the William and Camille Cosby Endowed Professorship in the Fine Arts in 2001. Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, C’70, cultural historian and founder of legendary a cappella group, Sweet Honey in the Rock, was named the 2002 Cosby Professor in the Fine Arts and Dr. Shelia Walker, nationally known anthropologist and scholar became the 2002 Cosby Professor in the Humanities.
  • Spelman hosted the 25th International Association of Philosophy and Literature Conference in May 2001. The event marked the first time a historically Black college hosted the conference.
  • Several renovations took place on the campus including Upper and Lower Concourses and Dining Services in the Manley College Center, and The Albro Falconer Manley Science Center dedicated in 2002. The Science Center was named partly in Dr. Audrey Manley’s honor.

Gladys Tantaquidgeon (1899-2005)
Mohegan Medicine Woman, Anthropologist, and Tribal Elder

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In my early years, I wasn’t aware that time was going so rapidly …
later I realized many of our old people were dying and their knowledge
went with them. Something had to be done to preserve a record of
their way of life. My goal has always been that this information …
be passed on to future generations.  Gladys Tantaquidgeon

 Gladys Tantaquidgeon’s life spanned the entire 20th century.  She grew up in the Mohegan community (Uncasville, Connecticut) learning traditional practices, beliefs, and herbalism. She only completed grade school but at age 20 she took the opportunity to study anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed extensive field research on east coast Indian tribeal cultures and herbal medicines and published several books based on her research. In 1931, she co-founded Tantaquidgeon Museum with her brother and father; it remains the oldest American Indian owned museum in the U.S.

In 1934, Tantaquidgeon started work with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and for the next 10 years she provided social services and worked as a native arts specialist in Native American communities in the north central U.S. She became an expert in preserving and reviving traditional practices that had been forbidden or lost in the 19th century. During the 1940s she also worked as a librarian in a Connecticut women’s prison, where she used skills gained from her previous work helping struggling Native women.

In 1947, Tantaquidgeon began working as the full time curator for her family’s museum. For the next 50 years she introduced visitors to her tribe’s history and traditions through a collection of artifacts and crafts. The museum was created under the assumption that “you can’t hate someone you know a lot about.” In her later years, she served on the Mohegan Tribal Council and continued her work as a medicine woman. Throughout her life Tantaquidgeon collected tribal records and documents that in 1994 proved to be critical to the success of the Mohegan Tribe’s decades-long campaign to gain federal recognition.

Darlene Clark Hine (1947- )

Historian and Educator

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Receiving the 2013 National Humanities Medal… was both a blessing
and a profound moment in the history of Black Women’s History
because it represented acknowledgement and appreciation
of the work that I and my generation of scholars did to include
the contributions that black women have made to our nation’s
progress and to the global struggle against social injustice,
and economic and gender inequality
.  Darlene Clark Hine

As an historian Darlene Clark Hine sought not only to explore African American history, but to expand the discipline of history itself by focusing on black women “who remained at the very bottom of the ladder in the United States.” A leading expert on the subject of race, class, and gender in American society, Hine is credited with helping to establish a doctoral field in Comparative Black History at Michigan State University.

While attending Chicago’s Roosevelt University in the sixties, Hine says it was “hearing black activists refer so often to history, seeing the black culture celebrated by artists, and reading new works by black writers  “that inspired her with the hope that someday she could change the very definition of “history.”

“Historians can write a history of anything or anyone,” Hine is quoted as saying, “but apparently few considered black women worth the telling.” Hine herself had to be persuaded to explore the lives of African American women in Indiana, but soon became convinced that US history was leaving out far too much that was important to nurture a comprehensive understanding of American society. Thus her preliminary research on women’s roles in churches, and other settings led to brief monograph, When the Truth Is Told: Black Women’s Community and Culture in Indiana, 1875-1950 (1980).

“If I can…impress upon the historical profession” she once insisted, “how important it is to talk to and illuminate the lives of people who did not leave written records, but who also influenced generations of women all over the globe, then I will feel that my career is worthwhile.”

Vicki L. Ruiz (1955 – )
Educator and Pioneer in Latina History


For me, history remains a grand adventure,
one which began at the kitchen table listening
to the stories of my mother and grandmother and
then took flight aboard the local bookmobile.  
Vicki Ruiz

The first in her family to receive any advanced degree, Vicki L. Ruiz earned a Ph.D in History at Stanford in June 1982. Two months later she showed up for her first teaching position with a baby on her hip and another on the way.  Over the course of three decades, Ruiz has been a major force in shaping the field of Chicana history.

 In 2012, when she became the first Latina historian inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Her commendation recognized her pioneering scholarship and leadership “skillfully blending insights from the history of women, of workers, and from the arena of ethnic studies.” Ruiz has inspired generations of students and scholars to integrate this large and complex ethnic group into the broad tapestry of American history.

Over the course of three decades, Dr. Ruiz has published over fifty essays and one dozen books including Cannery Women, Cannery Lives and From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth- Century America. Her edited or co-edited collections include Unequal Sisters: An Inclusive Reader in U.S. Women’s History and the three-volume, Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia.  Dedicated to the people whose lives she writes back into history, Ruiz, explains: “As a historian, I have had the privilege of interviewing people whose quiet courage made a difference in their lives and in their communities.”



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