CharLotte Nesbitt

Nesbitt, CharLotte

CharLotte Nesbitt was born on January 18, 1937, in Chicago, Illinois. She was the daughter of Grady and Helen Neither, and the third child of nine born of this union. At a young age, her family moved to Danville, Illinois.

CharLotte moved to San Antonio, Texas to attend St. Mary's Catholic Academy (Boarding School) from first to sixth grade. She returned to Danville, Illinois and completed seventh and eighth grade at Washington Grade School. At Washington, she was an Honor Roll Student and a cheerleader. She graduated from Danville High School in 1955. She attended the University of Chicago for a year. During that time, she met and began dating Mr. Bruce Nesbitt.

In 1956, she returned to Danville and worked at the "Three Sisters" Dress Shop. In 1957, she married Mr. Bruce Nesbitt and moved to Champaign, Illinois. Together, they raised two daughters and two sons, as well as a foster son.

She was a member of several organizations, including the Y.W.C.A., where she was involved the Adopt-a-Book Program via the Black Woman's Achievement Dinner. She was also a member of the African-American History Committee, Reading Group, Family Service Advisory Board, the Afro-American History Group, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

She attended Parkland College for a year. During her professional career, she was employed at the Carle Clinic and the Department of Public Aid for a few years. She was also employed at the Champaign Police Department in Investigations. Primarily, she was employed through the Champaign Public Library System, a position she held for 19 years. Most of this time was at the Douglass Branch Library, where she was instrumental in establishing many enrichment programs that involved both youth and adults, and was responsible for the Oral History Interviews.

CharLotte Nesbitt passed away on December 7, 2014, at age 77. She is survived by her three sons, two daughters, three brothers, three sisters, eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.

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