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Camay Calloway Murphy

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive
Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Crab (Soft Shell)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Ocean
Favorite Quote:
If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.

Birthplace

Born:
1/15/1927
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive
Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Crab (Soft Shell)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Ocean
Favorite Quote:
If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.

Birthplace

Born:
1/15/1927
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

In her career as an educator, Camay Murphy has worked tirelessly to bring arts into the lives of youth. The daughter of legendary jazz musician Cab Calloway, Murphy was born on January 15, 1927, in New York City. While she was raised in New York City, she would spend her summers in Baltimore with her family.

After earning a B.A. from New York University in 1950, Murphy was hired as a teacher at Burgundy Farm County Day School in Alexandria, Virginia. She later spent two years as headmaster at the Mayflower School in Ikenne, Nigeria, before returning to teach in Arlington, Virginia, in 1963. In 1968, Murphy became a supervisor of Arlington Public Schools, a post she held for a decade. From 1978 to 1993, she was the principal at Ashlawn Elementary School. Under her leadership, the school was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for its outstanding standardized achievement scores, jazz program and renowned arts program.

Murphy then moved to Baltimore, the summer home of her youth, in 1994 to work as a cultural development consultant at Coppin State College. It was there that she founded the Cab Calloway Jazz Institute and Museum, paying tribute to her famous father while also promoting music education. Murphy's commitment to cultural arts led her to become the chairperson of Baltimore's Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center. She also serves as vice chairperson of the Baltimore Jazz Heritage Foundation and is a member of several other musical, artistic and cultural organizations in the city. In 1999, Murphy was appointed as commissioner of Baltimore City Public Schools' Board of Education. In her capacity as an administrator, Murphy has worked to improve resources and training for teachers in the arts. For her efforts to support arts education, Murphy has received numerous awards and honors.

Murphy resides in Baltimore. She and her husband have two sons.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Camay Calloway Murphy's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Camay Calloway Murphy lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Camay Calloway Murphy describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Camay Calloway Murphy describes her mother, Zelma Proctor
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Camay Calloway Murphy recounts her father, Cab Calloway's, early career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Camay Calloway Murphy describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Camay Calloway Murphy remembers her aunt Bernice Calloway
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Camay Calloway Murphy explains the low regard the African American community had for entertainers in the early 1900s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Camay Calloway Murphy recalls the sights, sounds, and smells growing up in New York, New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Camay Calloway Murphy recalls the sights, sounds, and smells growing up in New York, New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Camay Calloway Murphy recalls her education in New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Camay Calloway Murphy describes living with her aunt, Jenny Proctor, during her high school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Camay Calloway Murphy remembers visits with her father, Cab Calloway
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Camay Calloway Murphy talks about her interests as a teenager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Camay Calloway Murphy explains how she ended up living in California for a year with her father, Cab Calloway
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Camay Murphy Calloway describes her encounters with Lena Horne and Bill Robinson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Camay Calloway Murphy recounts her estrangement from her father, Cab Calloway
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Camay Calloway Murphy recalls Charity Bailey's influence while studying at New York University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Camay Calloway Murphy describes her experience at New York University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Camay Calloway Murphy talks about trying to find a teaching job in Washington, D.C. and a conversation with Paul Robeson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Camay Calloway Murphy talks about Tillie Pine and progressive education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Camay Calloway Murphy describes the educational methods she used at Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Camay Calloway Murphy describes educator Agnes Sailor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Camay Calloway Murphy recalls her experience at the Mayflower School in Ikenne, Nigeria
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Camay Calloway Murphy talks about missing the Civil Rights Movement while in Africa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Camay Calloway Murphy talks about the impact of the Biafran War on Tai Solarin and her students at the Mayflower School in Ikenne, Nigeria
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Camay Calloway Murphy describes her career as a teacher and administrator for Arlington, Virginia public schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Camay Calloway Murphy talks about her work with the Eubie Blake Cultural Center
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Camay Calloway Murphy recounts her father, Cab Calloway's involvement with 'The Blues Brothers' film
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Camay Calloway Murphy details the challenges facing the Baltimore Public School System, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Camay Calloway Murphy details the challenges facing the Baltimore Public School System, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Camay Calloway Murphy describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Camay Calloway Murphy reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Camay Calloway Murphy describes how she would like to be remembered, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Camay Calloway Murphy describes how she would like to be remembered, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Camay Calloway Murphy narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Camay Calloway Murphy narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Camay Calloway Murphy narrates her photographs, pt. 3