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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal Education Administrator
History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
The Guilty One Knows Who He Is.

Birthplace

Born:
6/29/1946
Birth Location:
Spartanburg, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal Education Administrator
History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
The Guilty One Knows Who He Is.

Birthplace

Born:
6/29/1946
Birth Location:
Spartanburg
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Biography

National educational executive Al-Tony Gilmore was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He was raised in the South and in Youngstown, Ohio by his father, an education administrator; and, his mother, a homemaker. Gilmore attended North Carolina Central University and graduated with his B.A. and M.A. degree in American History in 1968 and 1969, respectively. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in United States social history from the University of Toledo in 1972.

In 1972, Gilmore joined the Howard University Department of History as an associate professor of American history. He also worked at the Institute for Services to Education where he developed social science curriculum. In 1978, Gilmore was appointed as professor of history and director of the University of Maryland, College Park Afro-American Studies Program. While there, he pioneered lectures and courses in the history and politics of African American athletes, popular culture, and African American autobiography. In 1982, he was selected as chief consultant for the National African American Museum in Ohio. He later served as a consultant for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the California State General Assembly, and the U.S. National Archive.

In 1986, Gilmore became the manager and senior program officer for the Leadership, Training and Development Programs at the National Education Association (NEA). He was instrumental to the success of the Minority Leadership Training Program, the Diversity Training Program, and the Women’s Leadership Training program. Gilmore also produced the project titled, “Honoring Our Legacy of Inclusion: The Merger of NEA and the American Teachers Association.” He also served as historian and Archivist Emeritus of NEA, and as a visiting scholar at George Washington University.

Gilmore’s scholarship includes The National Impact of Jack Johnson (1975), Revisiting Blassingame’s The Slave Community (1978), All The People: NEA’s Legacy of Inclusion and Its Minority Presidents (2008), and A Biographical Directory of the Presidents and Executive Directors of NEA and the American Teachers Association (2011). Gilmore also wrote the introduction to The Negro in Sports (2013) by Edwin Bancroft Henderson.

Gilmore’s articles have appeared in Journal of Negro History, Journal of Social History, Journal of American History, The New Republic, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the Washington Post. His contributions to television productions include PBS’s African American Lives (2007), Ken Burns’ Unforgiveable Blackness (2005), and the History Channel’s Crossing the White Line: The Life of Jack Johnson (2001).

Gilmore has served on the board of directors of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) where he served on the board of the Journal of African American History, the Quality Education for Minorities Project (QEM), and the American Historical Association. He has lectured in the United States at Morehouse College, Harvard University, Brown University, Hampton University, and internationally in Germany, Israel, Korea, and Japan

Gilmore lives in Bethesda, Maryland. He travels and vacations friends and family in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Al-Tony Gilmore was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 21, 2003.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Al-Tony Gilmore lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes the community where he, his mother, and his mother's parents grew up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes segregation where he grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes segregation where he grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes his father's background and how he earned a scholarship to attend North Carolina Central University
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes his mother's position in the community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes his father's reputation in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Al-Tony Gilmore talks about how his parents met and the meaning behind his name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Al-Tony Gilmore talks about his father and paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes how he benefitted from the segregated schools in Spartanburg, South Carolina and the black power movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes his interests in grade school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Al-Tony Gilmore talks about his grade school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes his family's yearly trips to Youngstown, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes the economic decline of Youngstown, Ohio, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes the economic decline of Youngstown, Ohio, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Al-Tony Gilmore talks about how Youngstown, Ohio affected his understanding of different types of intelligence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes playing football and basketball at Carver high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes his experience playing football and basketball at Carver High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes his experience as a long jumper and the other track and field athletes he competed with
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Al-Tony Gilmore talks about his teachers at Carver High School in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes falling in with the wrong crowd at Carver High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes deciding to attend North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes enrolling at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes the history department faculty at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes his decision to attend graduate school at North Carolina Central University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes his master's program in history at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes enrolling at the University of Toledo and meeting HistoryMaker John Hope Franklin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes protesting at the University of Toledo in Ohio in May of 1970
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes taking his written examinations at the University of Toledo in Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes working on his dissertation at the University of Toledo in Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes interviewing for a faculty position at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Al-Tony Gilmore talks about the publication of his first book
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Al-Tony Gilmore talks about writing reviews on black scholars for The Washington Post
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes his students and the faculty at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Al-Tony Gilmore talks about African American history scholars at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes his experience with the Association of the Study of African American Life and History
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes his experience at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Al-Tony Gilmore talks about the decline in African Americans entering social science Ph.D. programs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes his experience at the National Education Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes the financial differences between the National Education Association and being a professor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Al-Tony Gilmore talks about the power and scope of the National Education Association compared to being a history professor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes the Association for the Study of African American Life and History
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Al-Tony Gilmore talks about historically black colleges and universities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Al-Tony Gilmore talks about the importance of historically black colleges and universities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Al-Tony Gilmore talks about class differences in the African American community and the prominence of rap music
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes the achievement gap between middle class and poor African Americans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Al-Tony Gilmore talks about how school vouchers perpetuate the achievement gap among African Americans
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Al-Tony Gilmore talks about the difference in popularity between black historians and the black press
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Al-Tony Gilmore talks about HistoryMaker and public historian Lerone Bennett
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Al-Tony Gilmore talks about the differences between popular historians, trained historians, and self-made historians, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Al-Tony Gilmore talks about the differences between popular historians, trained historians, and self-made historians, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Al-Tony Gilmore reflects upon his legacy as a historian
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Al-Tony Gilmore reflects upon his legacy at the National Education Association
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Al-Tony Gilmore reflects upon his regrets
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Al-Tony Gilmore talks about his black poster collection and his connection to the past
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Al-Tony Gilmore describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Al-Tony Gilmore narrates his photographs