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Mildred Elizabeth "Auntie" Freeney Dozier

Mildred Elizabeth "Auntie" Freeney Dozier(December 16, 1919-December 8, 2013)

The People’s Auntie/Educational Adovcate

Chicago Region’s First Black Parent Teacher Association President

During Black History Month 2014, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience is honoring faithful Black women freedom fighters. Today we honor Mildred Elizabeth "Auntie" Freeney Dozier.

Mildred DozierMildred Elizabeth “Auntie” Freeney Dozier (on the left) was a staunch advocate for youth and their parents, and served many years as President of the Chicago Region Parent Teacher Association (PTA), an organization that facilitates involvement and interaction between families, educators and school administration.   A World War II veteran, Dozier served as one of the few African-American women in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC).  She was also a den-mother for 25 or so Cub Scouts in Pack 3663 that met once a week in her basement.

For a decade, she patrolled the halls of Harlan High School in Chicago like the soldier she had been during World War II.  Almost every day, even when her children no longer attended Harlan, she was still there–”Quiet! Slow down! Get to class! I WILL talk to your parents! Don’t do that EVER, again!”–were the loving commands she often communicated and the students all knew and responded to “Mrs. Dozier.”  She was the discipline and motivation that helped to make Harlan one of the best high schools in Illinois in that era.

A Chicago resident for more than 50 years, Mrs. Dozier served as a founding board member of the Veterans of Hope Project, a member of the Psalms Ministry Women’s Praying Circle, a long-time member and adviser of The Black Star Project a Chicago which is a community organization committed to serving families and ensuring a quality education for Chicago’s Black youth. Mrs. Dozier passed away at the age of 93.

Sources:
Photo: Black Star Journal
http://blackstarjournal.org/?p=3740 (Accessed 12/25/13)
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?n=mildred-dozier-freeney&pid=168484480&fhid=3055  Accessed 12/25/13
http://www.pta.org/ (Accessed 1/15/14)

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