Odessa Woolfolk

Odessa Woolfolk

Founding President


Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Birmingham, AL USA


I don't think anybody who has been successful has had a pain-free life. Pain, embarrassment, falling on your face--those are motivators.

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Discrimination was a daily part of life when she was growing up in Birmingham, Alabama.
Hometown nicknamed "Bombingham" because of the consequences for anyone questioning the status quo.
Studied history and political science at Talladega College and earned a master's in urban studies.
Interested in teaching from a young age; taught high school at the height of civil rights movement.
Worked in public policy and top-level administration in New York and Washington D.C.
Taught at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, where a community service award is named for her.
Helped create the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
Says: You owe it to yourself to figure out how you can make it better for the next generation.

Education

High School
Bachelor
History, General
Talladega College
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General
Talladega College
Graduate
Urban Studies/Affairs
Occidental College

Career

Founding President

I work to teach the next generation about civil and human rights by preserving and telling the Birmingham story.

Career Roadmap

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My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Politics
Upholding a Cause and Belief