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Oral history interview with Marion Blalock, 2007 July 25

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TitleOral history interview with Marion Blalock, 2007 July 25
IntervieweeBlalock, Marion
InterviewerMarkee, Katherine
Purdue ID NumberPOH0607036_pt2(Blalock)
Date RecordedJuly 25, 2007
Abstract of InterviewBlalock grew up in East Chicago, IN and was raised by an extended family of grandparents and uncle. High school summers were spent in Mississippi working on a farm. She came to Purdue as a student in 1965. She provides a description of campus life as one of the few African American females on campus at that time. She was one of the founding members of the Purdue chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. After her marriage, she left Purdue with her husband and worked in Detroit, Michigan. Returning to Purdue, she enrolled in the graduate program in the Department of Education. Upon completion of the program Blalock became the first full time woman that worked in the Dean of Mens office. She discusses her role as the First Director of Minority Engineering at Purdue, which became a model for similar programs on campus and at other universities. Her participation with the program involved recruitment of participants, external funding and campus programs such as Minority Introduction to Engineering (MITE). She also comments on the start of the Black Alumni Association and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). I follow the golden rule.
SubjectsBlalock, Marion--Interviews
Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae
Purdue University--Faculty
Genre (AAT)interviews
oral history (document genres)
sound recordings
Media Typeaudio/mp3
Original Formataudio/wav
Duration35 min.
CollectionPurdue University Oral History Program Collection
RepositoryPurdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
RightsCopyright Purdue University. All rights reserved.
URI ark:/34231/c6rv0mr7
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