Mary Frances

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Educator Mary Frances shares her passion for African-American history, research, and public speaking with audiences throughout Illinois.

Mary Frances has been a college teacher for 20 years and has given lectures and presentations as well as led discussions for live and online students. She’s done public speaking about her environmental and historical research along with talks to her city council and community organizations about issues that matter to her in her community of Springfield, Illinois.


Untold African American Stories

Mary will give a brief story about each one of the ten large images of African Americans in her presentation and encourage audience engagement about how they feel and think about the images.

Program Logistics

This one-hour program includes a 30 minutes PowerPoint presentation and 30 minutes of discussion. Visuals are presented using the speaker’s laptop and HDMI cord. A television or projector is necessary.


Mary Frances is originally from western Pennsylvania and has lived in Springfield, Illinois for 34 years. For the last twenty years, Frances has been a college teacher, researcher, artist, and author as well as community activist. Her current focus is on untold African American stories, which has recently culminated in her first book—African Americans in Springfield.

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Book this Road Scholar

Follow the steps below to book a presentation.
  1. Contact Mary to schedule a date and time via email at
  2. Once you and Mary have agreed upon a date and time, complete the online Road Scholars Host Organization application.
Contact Us

Fairouz AbuGhazaleh
Director of Statewide Programs