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Bea L. Hines

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red, Yellow, Blue and Brown
Favorite Food:
Chicken and Watermelon
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Savannah, Georgia in the spring and the Caribbean in the summer
Favorite Quote:
God Willing And The Creek Don't Rise

Birthplace

Born:
2/12/1938
Birth Location:
Williston, Florida

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red, Yellow, Blue and Brown
Favorite Food:
Chicken and Watermelon
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Savannah, Georgia in the spring and the Caribbean in the summer
Favorite Quote:
God Willing And The Creek Don't Rise

Birthplace

Born:
2/12/1938
Birth Location:
Williston
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Biography

Journalist Beatrice “Bea” L. Hines was born in Williston, Florida in 1938. At a young age, her parents separated and she moved with her mother to Miami, Florida. Hines graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1956.

In 1966, Hines was hired as a file clerk in The Miami Herald’s library. A year later, in 1967, Hines enrolled at Miami-Dade Community College, where she studied journalism for three years. Then, in June of 1970, she was promoted to general assignment reporter at The Miami Herald, becoming the first African American woman to work as a reporter for the paper. Hines’s work was featured in the education and the “Living Today” sections of the Herald. From 1980 to 1985, she wrote an issues column for the newspaper that garnered much praise. She also wrote other columns for The Miami Herald, including ones entitled “Parenting Again” and “Neighbors in Religion.”

Hines has taught and led workshops at several universities, including Savannah State University, the University of California-Berkeley, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and the University of Memphis. In 1981, her columns were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and, in 1985, she was recognized as one of the top five woman columnists in the country by Savvy magazine. In 1984, Hines was selected by the Washington, D.C., Spelman Alumni Chapter as one of four outstanding women in the country for community work. In 1985, The Miami Herald honored her work with the Service Among Us Award. She has also been honored by The Church of God Tabernacle in Miami, and appeared in the documentary Instruments of Change in 2013.

Hines was married to the late James Fredrick Hines. Their sons are Pastor James (Rick) F. Hines, Jr., who died September 14, 2013, and Shawn A. Hines, who lives in Rhode Island.

Bea L. Hines was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 8, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Bea L. Hines' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Bea L. Hines lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Bea L. Hines talks about her maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Bea L. Hines talks about her mother's jobs as a nurse and housekeeper
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Bea L. Hines talks about her early marriage to James Hines in 1957
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Bea L. Hines describes her maternal grandmother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Bea L. Hines talks about her father's abusive relationship with her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Bea L. Hines talks about establishing a relationship with her father as an adult
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Bea L. Hines describes her memories of her father assaulting her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Bea L. Hines talks about her relationship with her husband
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Bea L. Hines talks about taking after her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Bea L. Hines talks about her brother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Bea L. Hines describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Bea L. Hines describes the sights, sounds, and smells of Overtown in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Bea L. Hines describes her childhood in Overtown, Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Bea L. Hines talks briefly about Muhammad Ali's reputation in Overtown, Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Bea L. Hines explains the etymology behind the name "Overtown"
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Bea L. Hines lists the elementary and high schools she attended
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Bea L. Hines describes her creative hobbies
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Bea L. Hines talks about entering the Final Womanhood essay contest
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Bea L. Hines describes reluctantly giving up a scholarship and singing in church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Bea L. Hines talks about concert pianist Ruth Greenfield and singing in Greenfield's Lunchtime Lively Arts Series
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Bea L. Hines remembers working at Burdines Department Store
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Bea L. Hines talks about the African American celebrity sightings in Miami, Florida in the 1940s and 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Bea L. Hines explains how she met her husband, James Hines
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Bea L. Hines talks about her creative writing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Bea L. Hines talks about starting a family post-high school graduation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Bea L. Hines describes her abusive marriage and her husband's death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Bea L. Hines talks about taking classes at Miami Dade Community College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Bea L. Hines talks about Thirlee Smith, the first black reporter at The Miami Herald,
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Bea L. Hines talks about her first job at The Miami Herald as a file clerk
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Bea L. Hines talks about working for a Jewish family as a maid
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Bea L. Hines describes experiencing discrimination as an employee at The Miami Herald
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Bea L. Hines talks about the racist attitudes of her employers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Bea L. Hines talks about writing for Miami-Dade Community College's student newspaper, The Falcon Times
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Bea L. Hines talks about being promoted to reporter at The Miami Herald
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Bea L. Hines talks about her first story as a reporter on the 1970 riots in Liberty City, Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Bea L. Hines talks about working undercover to report the 1970 riot in Liberty City, Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Bea L. Hines describes being sent to cover bogus stories during her early days as a reporter for The Miami Herald
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Bea L. Hines describes developing a reputation as a sensitive reporter and being assigned sensitive stories
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Bea L. Hines talks about covering Miami schools as a feature reporter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Bea L. Hines talks about winning the School Bell Award
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Bea L. Hines talks about the 1980 Riot in Liberty City, Miami, Florida following the murder of Arthur Lee McDuffie
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Bea L. Hines explains the reason her column was discontinued in 1985 pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Bea L. Hines explains the reason her column was discontinued in 1985 pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Bea L. Hines talks about police brutality and profiling
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Bea L. Hines talks about covering the funeral of Haitian refugee children who drowned on their way to Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Bea L. Hines describes her journalistic philosophy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Bea L. Hines describes columns written about the police's handling of rape victims and Haitian Vodou
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Bea L. Hines talks briefly about the emergence of Botox in the 1990s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Bea L. Hines describes interviewing the Reverend Dr. James Cleveland
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Bea L. Hines remembers interviewing Aretha Franklin
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Bea L. Hines recalls some of her favorite interviews
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Bea L. Hines talks about volunteer speaking to young girls in school
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Bea L. Hines talks about the significance of 1972 at The Miami Herald
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Bea L. Hines talks about community activist T. Willard Fair's significance in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Bea L. Hines talks African American politicians in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Bea L. Hines talks about her membership with the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Bea L. Hines talks about Janet Cooke
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Bea L. Hines talks about other black journalists at The Miami Herald
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Bea L. Hines talks about football player Ray Rice's physical abuse of his wife
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Bea L. Hines talks about her own experience with domestic violence
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Bea L. Hines advocates the preservation of African American rights and history
  • Tape: 6 Story: 13 - Bea L. Hines describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Bea L. Hines talks about the murder of Trayvon Martin
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Bea L. Hines talks about her Sunday Friends and Neighbors column in The Miami Herald
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Bea L. Hines considers what she might have done differently in her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Bea L. Hines considers her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Bea L. Hines talks about her family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Bea L. Hines describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Bea L. Hines narrates her photographs pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Bea L. Hines narrates her photographs pt. 2