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Amy Tate Billingsley

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Political Consultant
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Bread
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
It Doesn’t Matter, You Can’t Control What Happens To You, You Can Only Control How You Respond To It.

Birthplace

Born:
11/29/1936
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Political Consultant
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Bread
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
It Doesn’t Matter, You Can’t Control What Happens To You, You Can Only Control How You Respond To It.

Birthplace

Born:
11/29/1936
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Civic leader Amy Tate Billingsley was born on November 29, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois to parents Herman Tate and Inez Duke Tate, who were both active leaders educational in local and international co-op communities. Billingsley’s great-grandfather, Jesse Chisholm Duke, was a prominent newspaper editor and activist in Montgomery, Alabama and Pine Bluff, Arkansas during the 1880s and 1890s; her grandfather, noted architectural engineer Charles Sumner Duke, was the first African American graduate in mathematics at Harvard University in 1905, founder of the National Technical Association in 1926, and the supervising engineer of the Public Works Administration in the Virgin Islands from 1946 to 1951.

Billingsley was raised in Chicago, attended John D. Shoop Elementary School, the University of Chicago High School (the Lab School), and Morgan Park High School. She then enrolled at the University of Chicago, receiving her A.B. degree in mathematics and education in 1958. She went on to earn her M.A. degree in counseling psychology from Ohio State University in 1961, and her M.B.A. degree in marketing and management from the University of Baltimore in 1982.

Billingsley travelled to the Republic of Senegal, West Africa with the non-profit organization, Operations Crossroads Africa, and then worked at Harvard University’s Center for Research in the Study of Personality. In 1961, she married Brandeis University student Andrew Billingsley, becoming instrumental in his many landmark publications including the classical sociological text Black Families in White America. Her work with political campaigns, started with one candidate’s 1966 campaign for California Assemblyman, which lead to the successful political career of Congressman Ronald Dellums. Billingsley’s participation in the campaigns of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and Atlanta Congressman Andrew Young were precursors to her significant involvement in the presidential campaigns of William J. Clinton, Al Gore, and John Kerry. In the 1990s, Billingsley worked with the Clinton Administration in the White House Public Liaison Office; as Program Manager at the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities; and as Special Assistant to U.S. Labor Secretary Alexis Herman.

Billingsley was a founder of Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. in 1977, and has served on the board of the National Black M.B.A. Association (N.B.M.B.A.A.). In 1982, Billingsley started Amistad Associates, and since has been a consultant on national projects for clients including, marketing for Dr. Dorothy I. Height’s Open Wide the Freedom Gates: A Memoir, serving as a Regional Coordinator for The HistoryMakers, and coordinating organizational projects for Tom and Barbara Skinner’s Leadership Institute Seminars For Upper Level Executives.

Divorced in 1998, Billingsley lives in Washington, DC. She has two daughters, Angela Billingsley and Bonita Billingsley Harris, and three granddaughters.

Amy Tate Billingsley was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 26, 2003.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Amy Billingsley's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Amy Billingsley lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Amy Billingsley describes her family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Amy Billingsley describes some of her great grandfather, Jessie Chisholm Duke's interesting activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Amy Billingsley talks about her grandfather, Charles Sumner Duke, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Amy Billingsley talks about her grandfather, Charles Sumner Duke, pt.2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Amy Billingsley describes her paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Amy Billingsley describes her father, Herman Tate
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Amy Billingsley describes her mother, Inez Duke Tate, an influential teacher
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Amy Billingsley describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Amy Billingsley describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood, pt.1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Amy Billingsley describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood, pt.2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Amy Billingsley talks about her sister, HistoryMaker Evelyn Cline, and her experience at John D. Shoop Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Amy Billingsley describes her memories of childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Amy Billingsley describes her experience at the integrated University of Chicago Laboratory School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Amy Billingsley recalls influential grade school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Amy Billingsley talks about her graduation from the University of Chicago Laboratory School and the impact of her father's death in 1952
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Amy Billingsley talks about her studies at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and her return to the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Amy Billingsley reflects upon her experiences at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Amy Billingsley describes her impressions of Portland, Oregon and Berkeley, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Amy Billingsley talks about her work with the American Friends Service Committee Project at the Henry Booth House in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Amy Billingsley describes her experiences at Ohio State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Amy Billingsley talks about her husband Andrew Billingsley and her work with Operations Crossroads Africa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Amy Billingsley talks about her home as a gathering place for black intellectuals in Berkeley, California during the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Amy Billingsley talks about her and her husband's book "Black Families in White America" and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Amy Billingsley talks about the Free Speech Movement and her activities in Berkeley, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Amy Billingsley talks about black intellectual activity at Howard University in Washington, D.C. during the early 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Amy Billingsley describes her husband's appointment as the president of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland in 1975
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Amy Billingsley talks about her community activism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Amy Billingsley describes her start in political organizing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Amy Billingsley talks about her work with Project Follow Through and her passion for political empowerment
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Amy Billingsley describes the political apathy of disenfranchised citizens in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Amy Billingsley talks about working on Walter Mondale's presidential campaign in 1984 and organizing intergenerational gatherings
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Amy Billingsley describes her contributions to education on a national level
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Amy Billingsley talks about political organizing in the Democratic Party and the 2000 presidential campaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Amy Billingsley mentions her consulting firm, Amistad Associates, and the Lewinsky scandal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Amy Billingsley expresses her thoughts on the right wing agenda
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Amy Billingsley describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt.1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Amy Tate Billingsley describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt.2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Amy Tate Billingsley reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Amy Tate Billingsley describes HistoryMaker Dorothy Height
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Amy Tate Billingsley describes Alexis Herman, the former U.S. Secretary of Labor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Amy Tate Billingsley describes HistoryMaker Ronald Dellums, the former mayor of Oakland, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Amy Tate Billingsley talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Amy Tate Billingsley narrates her photographs