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Calvin Coolidge Goode

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Brown
Favorite Food:
Sweet Potato Pie, Collard Greens, Beef
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Arizona
Favorite Quote:
God Is Good.

Birthplace

Born:
1/27/1927
Birth Location:
Depew, Oklahoma

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Brown
Favorite Food:
Sweet Potato Pie, Collard Greens, Beef
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Arizona
Favorite Quote:
God Is Good.

Birthplace

Born:
1/27/1927
Birth Location:
Depew
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Biography

City council member Calvin Coolidge Goode served eleven consecutive terms (1972 to 1994), a total of twenty-two years, as a representative to the Phoenix, Arizona City Council. Born in rural Depew, Oklahoma in 1927, Goode’s family moved to Arizona when he was ten months old. His family settled in a homestead near Gila Bend, Arizona, where they worked in agricultural fields picking cotton. Goode graduated from Carver High School in 1945, the only school in Arizona built exclusively for African American students. He then obtained his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Arizona State University.

In 1949, Goode returned to Carver High School as an accountant, and later ran a tax accounting business, Calvin Goode & Associates. Goode worked for the Phoenix Union High School District from 1949 to 1979. He was elected as an at large representative to the Arizona City Council in 1972. This victory made Goode the second African American to ever serve on the Phoenix City Council. During his tenure, Goode ably advocated for jobs and job training in the community, improved programs for youth and developed a program to ensure that women and minority-owned small businesses would receive a proportionate share of city business. In 1984, Goode successfully advocated for a district form of city government.

As a Phoenix city councilman, Goode helped broker a compromise that led to a Phoenix ordinance that prohibited workplace discrimination against gays, lesbians and minorities. He was also instrumental in getting the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday observed in the City of Phoenix, paving the way for the holiday to be observed statewide. Goode also championed a range of programs, from Head Start to downtown renewal projects. To commemorate his years of service to the city, a Phoenix municipal building was named in Goode’s honor.

Now retired, Goode continues to be involved in his community. He served on the Phoenix Elementary School Board for six years. Goode has been involved with Tanner Properties, which manages 393 apartments for seniors and disabled persons for twenty years. Goode remains active with the local Neighborhood Improvement Association, the Booker T. Washington Child Development Center, and the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center as well as other non-profit and governmental programs.

Calvin Goode was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 12, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Calvin Coolidge Goode's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Calvin Coolidge Goode lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Calvin Coolidge Goode describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Calvin Coolidge Goode describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Calvin Coolidge Goode remembers his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Calvin Coolidge Goode describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Calvin Coolidge Goode lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Calvin Coolidge Goode remembers his community in Gila Bend, Arizona
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Calvin Coolidge Goode describes the sights and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Calvin Coolidge Goode recalls the one-room school in Gila Bend, Arizona
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Calvin Coolidge Goode describes his early aspirations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Calvin Coolidge Goode recalls his plans to attend high school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Calvin Coolidge Goode remembers segregation in Gila Bend, Arizona
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Calvin Coolidge Goode remembers moving with his family to Prescott, Arizona
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Calvin Coolidge Goode recalls being diagnosed with a heart condition
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Calvin Coolidge Goode remembers George Washington Carver High School in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Calvin Coolidge Goode recalls his undergraduate education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Calvin Coolidge Goode remembers Arizona State College in Tempe, Arizona
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Calvin Coolidge Goode recalls his work at George Washington Carver High School in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Calvin Coolidge Goode recalls the start of school integration in Arizona
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Calvin Coolidge Goode remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Calvin Coolidge Goode describes his role on the school boards of Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Calvin Coolidge Goode recalls his family's role in school integration in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Calvin Coolidge Goode lists his children
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Calvin Coolidge Goode remembers his election to the Phoenix City Council
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Calvin Coolidge Goode describes the response to his election to the Phoenix City Council
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Calvin Coolidge Goode describes his first campaign for the Phoenix City Council
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Calvin Coolidge Goode remembers his experiences on election night in 1972
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Calvin Coolidge Goode remembers securing funds for infrastructure improvements in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Calvin Coolidge Goode reflects upon his role on the Phoenix City Council
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Calvin Coolidge Goode recalls his achievements on the Phoenix City Council
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Calvin Coolidge Goode remembers working as an educator and city councilmember
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Calvin Coolidge Goode recalls advocating for a district system of governance
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Calvin Coolidge Goode remembers the establishment of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Calvin Coolidge Goode recalls his vice mayoralty of Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Calvin Coolidge Goode describes his involvement with Head Start
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Calvin Coolidge Goode talks about his approach to local politics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Calvin Coolidge Goode describes his advocacy for affordable housing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Calvin Coolidge Goode talks about his opposition to discrimination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Calvin Coolidge Goode recalls his campaign for mayor of Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Calvin Coolidge Goode remembers the naming of the Calvin C. Goode Municipal Building in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Calvin Coolidge Goode talks about his neighborhood in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Calvin Coolidge Goode describes his children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Calvin Coolidge Goode recalls the creation of the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Calvin Coolidge Goode describes his community involvement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Calvin Coolidge Goode reflects upon his influences
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Calvin Coolidge Goode describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Calvin Coolidge Goode describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Calvin Coolidge Goode reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Calvin Coolidge Goode shares his advice for young people
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Calvin Coolidge Goode remembers his political opponent, James Outlaw
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Calvin Coolidge Goode narrates his photographs