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OPENING UP OPPORTUNITY


Civil rights activist embraces career in advocating for more just education systems


says. “I only had to go there to see there were substantial needs on the West Side of Chicago. It led me to create an agenda of education as a form of civil rights and social justice.” Bailey left the YMCA position after a year to pursue her MEd in education


sociology at Wayne State. She earned a PhD in education administration under the auspices of the TTT program at Northwestern, which focused on preparing a cadre of leaders to serve effectively in urban communi- ties. In 1973, Bailey became a charter member of the Illinois State Board of Education and served concurrently as a senior staff associate at Chicago


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As a Mundelein student, Bailey participated in the 1965 Freedom March in Selma, Alabama, an event which resonated throughout her life and career.


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