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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Newspaper Correspondent

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Green, Red
Favorite Food:
Indian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
May
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Oceans
Favorite Quote:
Lord Have Mercy.

Birthplace

Born:
8/18/1933
Birth Location:
Boston, Massachusetts

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Newspaper Correspondent

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Green, Red
Favorite Food:
Indian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
May
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Oceans
Favorite Quote:
Lord Have Mercy.

Birthplace

Born:
8/18/1933
Birth Location:
Boston
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Biography

Calvin L. Hicks is director of community collaborations and program development and a member of the liberal arts faculty at the renowned New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston, Massachusetts. Born on August 18, 1933 in Boston, Hicks was profoundly influenced by his mother, Marguerite (Calvin) Hicks, a left-wing political activist and writer, and his maternal grandparents, Lenora and Thomas Calvin, who were strict Christians and devoted church activists. Absorbing his mother's interest in writing, he began his journalistic endeavors while still in high school, writing for the Boston Chronicle, a Black weekly newspaper.

After graduating from English High School in Boston in 1950, Hicks attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, studying journalism and political science. After a brief stint with the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper, he moved on to New York City where he spent twelve years writing and teaching in the humanities and third world studies. During these years, he was engaged in national and international liberation struggles of the 1960s, and for a brief period during this time, he was employed at Time Magazine as a researcher. In New York City, he founded and chaired the On Guard Committee for Freedom, which included as members individuals such as Amiri Baraka, Archie Shepp, A.B. Spellman and Walter Bowe, and was executive director of the Monroe Defense Committee in support of Robert Williams and was influential in the Fair Play for Cuba Committee. With poet and writer Tom Dent, Hicks was one of the founders of Umbra Magazine and was also a member of the prestigious Harlem Writers Guild. As a freelance writer, Hicks' articles appeared in Freedomways, New Challenge and others. He was also a full-time reporter with New York Age newspaper. During his time in New York City, Hicks also worked as an instructor at Brooklyn College, City College of New York and Richmond College.

Returning to the Boston area in 1969, Hicks was offered a professorship in the sociology department at Brandeis University, the first African American to be offered this position, and then directed undergraduate and graduate programs in the Third World Studies Program at Goddard College in Vermont. He was a member of the faculty in the African American studies department and was the director of the Third World Center at Brown University. Hicks then moved on to serve as division chair of liberal arts and dean of academic affairs at Roxbury Community College in Boston. He was a co-founder of the Black Educators Roundtable in Boston, and from 1974 to 1975, Hicks was a graduate fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate Department of Urban Planning and Urban Studies. In 1984, he received his master's degree in the philosophy of education from Cambridge College in Massachusetts.

Under Hicks' direction since 1992, Community Collaborations and Program Development at NEC has developed a dynamic music arts program, providing educational services and music instruction to a wide variety of individuals of all ages and cultures, as well as a host of traditional and non-traditional academic, civic and social institutions across the city of Boston. Among them are Music for Senior Citizens, the NEC Community Gospel Chorus, and the Roland Hayes/Marian Anderson Concert Series. Hicks has also been the driving force behind performances, symposia and events that have been for the benefit of Boston Public School teachers and students. In 1999, he began the Thomas A. Dorsey Summer Gospel Institute to take a more detailed look into the roots of gospel music. He also developed the Memory and Society: Theaters of Memory Remembering for the Present and the Future as well as the Institute for the Study of African American Secular and Sacred Music, both Summer Institutes. He was also a faculty member at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the Department of Modern American Music.

Hicks passed away on August 25, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Calvin Hicks' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Calvin Hicks lists his favorite things
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Calvin Hicks describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Calvin Hicks describes his mother's childhood in the South End of Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Calvin Hicks describes his mother's personality and political activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Calvin Hicks recalls his early exposure to politics in his childhood home
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Calvin Hicks talks about his early political awareness and writing for the Boston Chronicle
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Calvin Hicks describes his mother's influence on his writing and her education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Calvin Hicks talks about his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Calvin Hicks describes his relationship with his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Calvin Hicks remembers his elementary schools and his experience at English High School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Calvin Hicks describes his childhood interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Calvin Hicks remembers attending Ebenezer Baptist Church in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Calvin Hicks explains his decision to attend Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Calvin Hicks talks about his extracurricular activities in high school and college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Calvin Hicks recalls his decision to leave Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Calvin Hicks describes his growing interest in theology and political philosophy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Calvin Hicks describes his initial career in journalism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Calvin Hicks talks about becoming a member of the Harlem Writers Guild
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Calvin Hicks talks about his early teaching and consultancy career in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Calvin Hicks describes working at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Calvin Hicks talks about his involvement with the third world studies program at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Calvin Hicks remembers John Henrik Clarke and his activism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Calvin Hicks recalls his involvement with left-wing political organizations and publications in New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Calvin Hicks talks about his work with Amiri Baraka to consolidate An Organization of Young Men with On Guard Committee for Freedom
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Calvin Hicks describes his transition from New York, New York to Massachusetts in 1969
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Calvin Hicks describes his educational work in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Calvin Hicks recalls his work with the Boston Public Schools, Cambridge Economic Opportunities Committee and Brandeis University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Calvin Hicks talks about teaching at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Calvin Hicks talks about heading the Third World Center at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Calvin Hicks talks about working at Roxbury Community College in Roxbury Crossing, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Calvin Hicks describes the history of the community music program at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Calvin Hicks talks about the former gospel jubilee hosted at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Calvin Hicks remembers initiating the Thomas A. Dorsey Gospel Jubilee at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Calvin Hicks talks about the creation of the Thomas A. Dorsey Gospel Institute
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Calvin Hicks describes changes he made to the Thomas A. Dorsey Gospel Jubilee at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Calvin Hicks reflects upon his experiences at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Calvin Hicks reflects upon his career in higher education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Calvin Hicks talks about the challenges facing afro-centric educational institutions
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Calvin Hicks explains his decision to head the third world studies program at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Calvin Hicks describes heading the third world studies graduate program at Goddard-Cambridge Graduate Program in Social Change
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Calvin Hicks talks about the challenges of sustaining educational institutions
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Calvin Hicks reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Calvin Hicks describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Calvin Hicks describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Calvin Hicks narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Calvin Hicks narrates his photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Calvin Hicks narrates his photographs, pt. 3