University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, United States
Dee received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1968.
633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States
In 1986, Woodtor attained a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Northwestern University.
(It is August, and family members from far and wide travel...)
It is August, and family members from far and wide travel across the wooden bridge at Pigeon Creek to gather with their kin in a special yearly reunion, where the children learn about their roots and are able to nurture a sense of belonging from older generations.
("Finding a Place Called Home" is a comprehensive guide to...)
"Finding a Place Called Home" is a comprehensive guide to finding your African-American roots and tracing your family tree. Written in a clear, conversational and accessible style, this book shows you, step-by-step, how to find out, who your family was and where they came from.
Dee received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1968. Later, in 1986, she attained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Political Science from Northwestern University.
In 1982, Woodtor became the co-owner of a gallery, called Window to Africa, a name, that could be used to describe Woodtor herself. After earning a doctorate in 1986, Delores began teaching at the School of New Learning at De Paul University and at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
She devoted much of her remaining time to promoting African culture in America as a co-founder and program director of the African Festival of the Arts and through her affiliation with the Africa International House, which she helped to create. Africa International House is a cultural center in Hyde Park, that sponsors events, uniting Africans and people of African descent, living in the United States, the Caribbean and South America.
Also, one of the ways, in which Woodtor encouraged African-Americans to explore their origins, was to write genealogy resource materials, such as "Case Studies in Afro-American Genealogy", which she wrote as "Dee" Woodtor with David T. Thackery, and "Finding a Place Called Home: A Guide to African-American Genealogy and Historical Identity", which she also wrote as "Dee" Parmer Woodtor.
(It is August, and family members from far and wide travel...)1996
("Finding a Place Called Home" is a comprehensive guide to...)1999
(Delores Woodtor co-authored this book together with David...)1989
Dee was reared in African Methodist Episcopal Church.
While a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Delores marched on Marquette Park for open housing with Martin Luther King Jr.
Quotations: "I love children’s books, especially those, that turn the ordinary into the unreal or commonplace images into fantasy — visual fantasies as well as thinking fantasies. For me, it is the best time in a child’s life, and to capture the points of awakening is a challenge. I also love whimsy in children’s books. Without it, there is no magic. For someone to capture it is almost like a gift."
Quotes from others about the person
“"She was a citizen of the world, and everybody, who became associated with her, picked up that citizenship." — Linda Murray, Delores' friend and special-events coordinator for the African arts festival
"She has always centered on what I call an Afrocentric nature — trying to connect those on the African continent and the diaspora." — Abdul Ahmed Bimrah, an Africa International House treasurer and board member”
Initially, Delores was married to John Lee Johnson, a community organizer. Later, her first marriage ended in divorce and Dee married Patrick Saingbey Woodtor, a gallery owner, in September, 1979.
Dee Woodtor had three children - two sons, John Ore Johnson and Saingbey Khien Woodtor, and a stepdaughter, Laura Karr.