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Archie C. Epps, III

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
England
Favorite Quote:
Is He A Sound Man?

Birthplace

Born:
5/19/1937
Birth Location:
Lake Charles, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
England
Favorite Quote:
Is He A Sound Man?

Birthplace

Born:
5/19/1937
Birth Location:
Lake Charles
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Biography

Former Harvard dean Archie C. Epps, III, was born on May 19, 1937, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. After graduating from high school, Epps attended Talladega College in Alabama where he earned his A.B. degree in 1958. Epps next attended the Harvard Divinity School, where he earned his bachelor's degree in theology and his certificate in educational management in 1961.

Epps began his professional career with Harvard the year he graduated, serving as a teaching assistant at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Politically active, Epps participated in a march on Washington in 1963, and would later be responsible for bringing Malcolm X, Ralph Ellison, and James Baldwin, to speak at Harvard; he edited a book in 1967 based on one of these guest appearances, The Speeches of Malcolm X at Harvard, which was reissued in 1991. In 1964, Epps was named assistant dean of Harvard, and six years later, he became the dean of students. During the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, Epps was often at the forefront of student activism, understanding the goals of both students and administrators. Epps was widely regarded by both sides of the debate as a keeper of the peace, though not all of his attempts were successful. During the 1980s and 1990s, Epps organized a series of conferences on economics, the result of which was a book, Present at the Creation: The Fortieth Anniversary of the Marshall Plan. Epps broke new ground again in 1992 by issuing Harvard's first handbook on race relations. Overcoming a series of health problems in 1995, Epps continued on at the university until his retirement in 2001.

A longtime member of Christ Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Epps was active with a number of other organizations as well. Epps also served as a trustee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for twenty years; was an overseer of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; and was a trustee of several schools.

Archie C. Epps, III, passed away on August 21, 2003; he was survived by his wife, Joan, and two sons.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Archie Epps
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Archie Epps identifies five favorite things
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Archie Epps discusses his paternal lineage and history of slavery in his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Archie Epps talks about his mother and his parents' professional achievements
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Archie Epps talks about his siblings and maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Archie Epps recalls early childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Archie Epps discusses his Southern black Catholic high school education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Archie Epps describes his Talladega College undergraduate experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Archie Epps details his daily life at Talladega College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Archie Epps discusses some of the complexities of race in the South and at Talladega College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Archie Epps reflects on classmates and his academic performance at Talladega College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Archie Epps discusses attending Harvard Divinity School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Archie Epps talks about meeting and debating Malcolm X
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Archie Epps discusses aspects of Malcolm X
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Archie Epps shared the story of how he obtained the job of assistant dean of Harvard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Archie Epps talks about blacks at Harvard and how he became the dean of students at Harvard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Archie Epps discusses tensions at Harvard University during the Vietnam War and the Watergate Affair
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Archie Epps shares his feelings about the death of Malcolm X
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Archie Epps talks about his involvement during the civil rights era
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Archie Epps discusses his wife and two sons
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Archie Epps ties progress in the black community with disiplined public affairs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Archie Epps discusses issues of race and race relations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Archie Epps considers his legacy and discusses how he would like to be remembered