Currently alive, at 69 years of age.
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1949 – Born on July 12th in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. American educator, writer and mother of Kanye West.
1971 – Earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Virginia Union University.
1977 – Gave birth to Kanye Omari West on June 8th.
1980 – Earned her a PhD from Auburn University.
– Married and divorced to Ray West.
– She served as chief executive of West Brands, the parent company of Kanye’s business enterprises, and as chairwoman of the Kanye West Foundation, a nonprofit that works to decrease dropout rates and improve literacy.
1980 – Was professor and chair of the English Department at Chicago State University.
2007 – Died on November 10th of complications from surgery in Marina del Rey, California.
– Released a book called "Raising Kanye: Life Lessons From the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar".