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Doris Virginia Powers Bullock
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Birth: Oct. 24, 1924
Death: 2000

Doris Virginia Powers Bullock, daughter of the late Virginia Meredith and Tousant L'Overture Powers, was born in the north Philadelphia home of her maternal Grandmother on October 24, 1924.

Doris grew up in the area of north Philadelphia now called Yorktown. As an adolescent she attended the Saint John Settlement House in her neighborhood where she joined a social club called "The Gay Charmers" later to become "Club Orchid". Many times, Doris and the "Charmers" confronted civil injustices head on, often risking their safety. The club was encouraged by their sponsors to attend exhibitions of African American artist's work, musical and other cultural events.

Doris attended Philadelphia Public Schools and was graduated with honors from William Penn High School. She earned a Bachelor's and a Masters Degree from Temple University. Her first teaching appointment was a Sulzberger Junior High School.

She taught at various junior high schools until she decided that she would better serve the students as a counselor. She transferred to Strawberry Mansion Junior in 1964 where she remained until she retired in 1982,

While working full time as a teacher and counselor, Doris was a columnist for the Philadelphia Afro American Newspaper, an associate editor for the student newspaper at Temple University, associate editor for, About Education, a magazine published by the Philadelphia Magazine for the Philadelphia School District, a feature writer for the magazine Philly Talks, and a contributing editor for "New Lady" a nationally distributed Black women's magazine.

Doris was a great resource person for WPEN talk radio. She was the principal subject of a feature article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, and twice in the Buck's County Courier and the subject of an extensive article in African American Culture Alive published by the Coalition of African American Cultural Organizations.

Doris attended Mount Zion Methodist Saint Paul Baptist and Bright Hope Baptist churches where she was a mentor to youths. She devoted many hours weekly to the neighborhood YMCA where she guided, loved and assisted the young people. It was during this phase that her lifelong commitment to community involvement, social issues and her love for the arts developed.

The "Launch a Star Party" was perhaps Doris' greatest contribution to the artistic world, an event that formally introduced some of the most promising artists in the Philadelphia area. Back in the sixties Doris and her husband, Leon, hosted a party for the then budding artist Benjamin Britt. They displayed his work on the walls of their home and invited a number of their friends to come view the exhibition and to purchase his art. It was not until 1976, when opera singe Joy Simpson won the coveted Naumberg Foundation Vocal Competition that the idea for "Launch a Star" program was born. Here artists were able to commune with significant agents, artists and analysts and raise funds to finance introductions to the New York Music community.

Doris was involved with several key African American Cultural institutions over the years. She was a member of the founding committee of Opera Ebony, now known as Opera North. She was on the Board of Directors of the Dr. Ruth Wright Hayre Scholarship Fund and The African American Museum in Philadelphia where she was Board Member Emeritus. Doris has been honored and received many awards from professional, cultural and civic organizations.

Doris and W. Leon Bullock were married December 29, 1952 in Boston, Massachusetts. Doris and Leon enjoyed forty seven wonderful years together, years where they saw so many dreams and aspirations for themselves and others become a reality.

Doris is survived by devoted loving husband, Leon, one brother, Emmett Powers, one sister-in-law Lois Powers, two nieces, June and Gail Powers, and one uncle, Elmer Lewis.

Doris Virginia Powers Bullock, daughter of the late Virginia Meredith and Tousant L'Overture Powers, was born in the north Philadelphia home of her maternal Grandmother on October 24, 1924.

Doris grew up in the area of north Philadelphia now called Yorktown. As an adolescent she attended the Saint John Settlement House in her neighborhood where she joined a social club called "The Gay Charmers" later to become "Club Orchid". Many times, Doris and the "Charmers" confronted civil injustices head on, often risking their safety. The club was encouraged by their sponsors to attend exhibitions of African American artist's work, musical and other cultural events.

Doris attended Philadelphia Public Schools and was graduated with honors from William Penn High School. She earned a Bachelor's and a Masters Degree from Temple University. Her first teaching appointment was a Sulzberger Junior High School.

She taught at various junior high schools until she decided that she would better serve the students as a counselor. She transferred to Strawberry Mansion Junior in 1964 where she remained until she retired in 1982,

While working full time as a teacher and counselor, Doris was a columnist for the Philadelphia Afro American Newspaper, an associate editor for the student newspaper at Temple University, associate editor for, About Education, a magazine published by the Philadelphia Magazine for the Philadelphia School District, a feature writer for the magazine Philly Talks, and a contributing editor for "New Lady" a nationally distributed Black women's magazine.

Doris was a great resource person for WPEN talk radio. She was the principal subject of a feature article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, and twice in the Buck's County Courier and the subject of an extensive article in African American Culture Alive published by the Coalition of African American Cultural Organizations.

Doris attended Mount Zion Methodist Saint Paul Baptist and Bright Hope Baptist churches where she was a mentor to youths. She devoted many hours weekly to the neighborhood YMCA where she guided, loved and assisted the young people. It was during this phase that her lifelong commitment to community involvement, social issues and her love for the arts developed.

The "Launch a Star Party" was perhaps Doris' greatest contribution to the artistic world, an event that formally introduced some of the most promising artists in the Philadelphia area. Back in the sixties Doris and her husband, Leon, hosted a party for the then budding artist Benjamin Britt. They displayed his work on the walls of their home and invited a number of their friends to come view the exhibition and to purchase his art. It was not until 1976, when opera singe Joy Simpson won the coveted Naumberg Foundation Vocal Competition that the idea for "Launch a Star" program was born. Here artists were able to commune with significant agents, artists and analysts and raise funds to finance introductions to the New York Music community.

Doris was involved with several key African American Cultural institutions over the years. She was a member of the founding committee of Opera Ebony, now known as Opera North. She was on the Board of Directors of the Dr. Ruth Wright Hayre Scholarship Fund and The African American Museum in Philadelphia where she was Board Member Emeritus. Doris has been honored and received many awards from professional, cultural and civic organizations.

Doris and W. Leon Bullock were married December 29, 1952 in Boston, Massachusetts. Doris and Leon enjoyed forty seven wonderful years together, years where they saw so many dreams and aspirations for themselves and others become a reality.

Doris is survived by devoted loving husband, Leon, one brother, Emmett Powers, one sister-in-law Lois Powers, two nieces, June and Gail Powers, and one uncle, Elmer Lewis.







 
 
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Created by: Doll Harris-Hargrove
Record added: Nov 27, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23128188
Doris Virginia <i>Powers</i> Bullock
Added by: Doll Harris-Hargrove
 
 
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 Added: Nov. 27, 2007
 
 
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