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Carolyn M. Manning

February 2, 2024
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Carolyn Manning Obituary

On the morning of February 2nd, 2024, Carolyn Moore Manning passed away peacefully at the Hospice of the Chesapeake in Pasadena MD, after living with progressive systemic sclerosis complicated by rheumatoid arthritis after 42 years of being diagnosed. By her side was her daughter, Mechande Manning, daughter-in-law, Lauren Davis-Manning, close family friend, Kiesha Sameeuddeen and beloved pet companion, “Daisy”. Carolyn lived out her remaining years with her daughter and daughter-in-law in their family home in Hyattsville, MD.

Carolyn Taylor Moore Manning affectionately known as “C.T.” was born June 4th, 1943, in the segregated south, on the campus of Tuskegee University in Alabama.  Shortly after her birth, her father completed his flight training at Tuskegee Army Airfield. Carolyn was the first of six children born to Lt. Col. (Ret. USAF) Ulysses S. Taylor Jr. of Kaufman, TX and Mrs. Maxine Hicks Taylor of Austin, TX, both of whom predeceased her.

As the eldest daughter of an airmen, Carolyn’s father was frequently assigned to numerous Air Force Bases around the nation. The family’s time spent at Walker Air Force Base in Roswell New Mexico was the launch pad to Carolyn’s future. As a high school senior at Roswell Senior High School in 1960, Carolyn challenged herself to shine not only academically, but also through extracurricular endeavors including Masque and Gavel, various class plays and class committees. Carolyn was bound and determined to attend Howard University, and in the fall of 1961 her dreams came true.

Carolyn was a very active student on Howard’s campus, she participated in countless campus happenings, including attending lectures of world-renowned leaders and pledging and becoming a proud member of the Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Sorority.  She completed her undergraduate degree from Howard University in 1965, the same year President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered the commencement speech at Howard University and signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law. That same year, Carolyn married fellow classmate, Edison G. Moore Sr. (in 1965) and began her career as an educator in the District of Columbia Public Schools. Carolyn’s first DCPS teaching assignment brought her to Kramer Junior High School in Southeast DC where she taught Social Studies and World Geography for two years. 

In August of 1967, the couple welcomed their son, Edison Jr. Shortly thereafter, in 1970, Edison Sr. became suddenly ill and died from health complications.  From 1971- 1976, Carolyn taught American History, World Geography and World History at Rabaut Junior High School in Northwest Washington. Carolyn was also the proud sponsor of the Varsity Pom-Pom’s team during her time at Rabaut Junior High School.  

In 1972, Carolyn met and married native Washingtonian, Lewis B. Manning and in May of 1973, and they welcomed their daughter Mechande Denise.  In 1977, Carolyn completed her graduate studies at The George Washington University and received her Master’s Degree in Urban Learning.

In the fall of 1977, Carolyn transferred to Paul Lawrence Dunbar Senior High School on New Jersey Ave. N.W., where she taught African American History, U.S. History, Government and Applied Economics.  She sponsored various clubs and activities including the Young Lawyers Club and the Stock Market Club.

Carolyn strongly believed that education was the great equalizer of a society. She saw firsthand how both of her parents gained access to a world that they would otherwise be denied, had it not been for their solid educations and expanded opportunities. Throughout the late 60’s and 70’s, Carolyn was a drum-major for social justice, voting rights, equal rights, fair housing, women rights, and other international, national, and local issues impacting people, but especially people of the global majority. She served and inspired hundreds of thousands of District youth by impressing upon them the importance of increasing their civic involvement and becoming active and engaged citizens. Carolyn thoroughly believed in protecting the right to vote for all and that incredible act of voting is a fundamental part of our democracy and that it’s currently under attack on many fronts.   

Carolyn M. Manning is survived by her son, Edison G. Moore Jr., her daughter and caregivers Mechande D. Manning and daughter-in-law, Lauren Davis-Manning.  Sisters, Theresa T. Simmons, Jane L. Taylor.  Her brothers, Major. Ulysses S. Taylor (deceased) Walter H. Taylor and William C. Taylor (deceased). Sister-in-laws Lisa Taylor (Walter) and Laura W. Taylor (William).  Nephews Ulysses IV, Kevin, Keith, Brian, Ulysses V, and Tyree.  Nieces Tonya, Erica, Jimila, Maxine, Nell, and Yitsiee.  A host of close family friends, former students, neighbors, coworkers and beloved cat “Daisy” and dog “King Tut”.

 

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
February 24, 2024

11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Dunbarton Chapel, Howard University Law School
2900 Van Ness Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20008

Delta Sigma Theta Service
Saturday
February 24, 2024

11:30 AM
Dunbarton Chapel, Howard University Law School
2900 Van Ness Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20008

Memorial Service
Saturday
February 24, 2024

12:00 PM
Dunbarton Chapel, Howard University Law School
2900 Van Ness Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20008

Please note
Repast: Immediately following the ceremony in the Dining Hall of Howard University School of Law, 2900 Van Ness St., NW, Washington, DC 20008.
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