Exclusive: Marcie’s Interview with Dr. Margaret Burroughs

20 May
Dr. Margaret Burroughs & Marcie

Dr. Margaret Burroughs & Marcie


Dr. Margaret Burroughs is a historical icon that has been seen on TV and read about in history books.  I don’t have to tell you what an honor it was to interview this 91-year old artist, educator, and historian who still lives a very active life.  Although we discussed quite a bit during our hour long interview, I am only going to share the simple, yet powerful words of wisdom from Dr. Burroughs on AS NOT SEEN ON TV.


1.      The most important thing in life is to do things you enjoy.

2.      Everyone has a gift of creativity; you have to bring it out.

3.      You have to keep busy if you want to stay alive.

4.      Advice to young people: LEARN LEARN LEARN and READ READ READ.

5.      Don’t give up hope.  Identify your goals in life and move toward them.  Don’t let anyone discourage you.


I would be remiss if some of her accomplishments were not listed:

·        Co-founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History – the 1st African American museum in the United States and in Chicago;

·        Co-founder of the Southside Community Arts Center in Chicago;

·        The recipient of many honorary degrees including an honorary doctorate degree from the Art Institute of Chicago, her alma mater;

·        The “grandmother” of the Park Board in Chicago. Appointed by the late Harold Washington, she is the longest serving member on the board;

·        She currently teaches art classes at Statesville Prison from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every Tuesday.  She teaches creative writing and poetry in the morning and art and painting in the afternoon;

·        AND she roller skates!!!!  You read correctly.  Dr. Burroughs gets her roll on!  She says that she still has to learn how to go backward!  Most of my friends would not dare get on wheels, and look at this 91-year-old woman actually skating!  Look at her flexibility.  I’m jealous.

Check out the clip below.  Now, this is something that has NEVER been seen on TV!



7 Responses to “Exclusive: Marcie’s Interview with Dr. Margaret Burroughs”

  1. Zondra May 20, 2009 at 2:51 pm #

    So proud of you!!!!

    • Marcie May 20, 2009 at 11:17 pm #

      Thanks so much! I’m proud o fthis piece too.

  2. Zondra May 20, 2009 at 2:52 pm #

    MARCIE I LOVE IT Look at her go…!
    So proud of you!!!!

    • Marcie May 20, 2009 at 11:18 pm #

      I’m more excited about the video clip because it to me a minute to figure it out. But I got it!

  3. Missie May 25, 2009 at 11:21 pm #

    This is one of your most powerful and creative articles. Out of all of your articles, so far, this one is my favorite. Keep up the good work, Marcie!

    • Marcie May 26, 2009 at 2:11 am #

      Thanks so much Missie. You opinion is truly appreciated.


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    […] I won’t go into her accomplishments because there are many of them.  However, I would like to share a few reasons why I adore this phenomenal woman. […]

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