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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
African American Studies Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
October
Favorite Vacation Spot:
China
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/17/1947
Birth Location:
Newark, Ohio

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
African American Studies Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
October
Favorite Vacation Spot:
China
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/17/1947
Birth Location:
Newark
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Biography

African American Studies professor Charles Patrick Henry III was born on August 17, 1947 in Newark, Ohio to Charles Patrick Henry, II and Ruth Holbert Henry. Henry attended Central School for elementary and junior high school. As a member of the National Junior Honor Society, he received honors for his studies in business. In 1965, Henry was accepted to Denison University in Granville, Ohio. As a student at Denison University, Henry co-founded the Black Student Union and the Experimental College. As a college student, he also participated in anti-war rallies and programs to improve race relations. After receiving his B.A. degree in political science in 1969, he attended graduate school at the University of Chicago.

As a graduate student, Henry was awarded an American Political Science Congressional Fellowship during which he worked for six months in the office of Hubert Humphrey, and then for six months with the Congressional Black Caucus. While Henry continued his studies, he obtained a teaching position in the political science department at Howard University. In 1974, Henry earned his Ph.D. degree in political science from the University of Chicago. He then left Howard University to teach Black Studies at his alma mater, Denison University. In 1979, Henry received a NEH post-doctoral Fellowship at Atlanta University where he began his research for the biography on Nobel laureate Ralph J. Bunche. After completing his fellowship in 1981, Henry taught at the University of California, Berkeley in the African American Studies department. Henry has since written over seventy articles, and authored six books including Ralph Bunche: Model Negro or American Other?.

From 1986 to 1988, Henry served as Chair of Amnesty International, U.S.A. Board of Directors. In 1994, Henry was appointed by President Bill Clinton for a six year term to the National Council on the Humanities. He also served as a Fulbright Chair in American History and Politics at the University of Bologna, Italy in 2003. Henry lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, Loretta, and their three children.

Charles Patrick Henry, III was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 5, 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Charles Henry's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Charles Henry lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Charles Henry describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Charles Henry describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Charles Henry describes his father's side of the family, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Charles Henry describes his paternal grandfather's and great-uncles' Civil War service
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Charles Henry describes his father's side of the family, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Charles Henry describes his father's U.S. military service
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Charles Henry describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Charles Henry remembers his early family life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Charles Henry describes his brother, Oren John Henry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Charles Henry describes his neighborhood in Newark, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Charles Henry describes his father's Republican Party affiliation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Charles Henry describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Charles Henry recalls his elementary years at Central School in Newark, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Charles Henry describes his experience of racial discrimination at Central School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Charles Henry recalls his experiences of racial discrimination in Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Charles Henry describes a traumatic accident from his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Charles Henry recalls suing the companies responsible for his foot injury
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Charles Henry remembers his teachers at Central School in Newark, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Charles Henry describes his activities at Newark Senior High School in Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Charles Henry describes his childhood friends in Newark, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Charles Henry remembers applying to college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Charles Henry describes the formation of his political science interest
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Charles Henry describes his father's numbers business in Newark, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Charles Henry describes his family's religious background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Charles Henry remembers his mentor, HistoryMaker Julius Richardson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Charles Henry remembers attending the A.M.E. church in Newark, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Charles Henry recalls those who influenced him as a high school student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Charles Henry remembers joining Denison University's American Commons Club
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Charles Henry recalls being dissuaded from studying political science at Denison University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Charles Henry describes his time at Denison University in Granville, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Charles Henry recalls race relations at Denison University in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Charles Henry reflects upon his time at Denison University in Granville, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Charles Henry describes his activism at Denison University in Granville, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Charles Henry recalls his decision to attend the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Charles Henry describes his political activities in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Charles Henry talks about John Hope Franklin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Charles Henry describes his African American cohort at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Charles Henry recalls his American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Charles Henry recounts how he met his wife, Loretta Crenshaw Henry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Charles Henry describes his work for Senator Herbert Humphrey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Charles Henry recalls his work for the Congressional Black Caucus
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Charles Henry remembers teaching at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Charles Henry recalls directing Denison University's black studies program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Charles Henry recalls his decision to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship at Atlanta University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Charles Henry describes his time at Atlanta University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Charles Henry describes University of California, Berkeley's Department of African American Studies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Charles Henry recalls his committee involvement at University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Charles Henry describes his involvement with Amnesty International
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Charles Henry describes the impact of involvement with Amnesty International
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Charles Henry describes his involvement with the National Council for Black Studies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Charles Henry recalls his work in affirmative action at University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Charles Henry describes his paternal grandfather's connection to Ralph Bunche's father
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Charles Henry recalls his work for the U.S. Department of State
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Charles Henry talks about writing 'Ralphe Bunche: Model Negro or American Other?'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Charles Henry describes how he selected his research topics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Charles Henry describes his research on racial reparations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Charles Henry describes his Fulbright awards
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Charles Henry recalls his appointment to the National Council on the Humanities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Charles Henry recalls his time on the National Council on the Humanities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Charles Henry reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Charles Henry reflects upon the trajectory of African Americans in higher education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Charles Henry describes values that he considers important
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Charles Henry talks about his future plans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Charles Henry shares a message for his descendants
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Charles Henry narrates his photographs