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Christopher R. Cloud

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Cultural Heritage Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Sushi
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required.

Birthplace

Born:
4/15/1969
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Cultural Heritage Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Sushi
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required.

Birthplace

Born:
4/15/1969
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Christopher R. Cloud, president and chief executive officer of AMISTAD America, was born on April 15, 1969, in Washington, D.C., to Diane and Sanford Cloud. After moving to Hartford, Connecticut, Cloud attended Rembrook School, Noah Webster School, and Kingswood Oxford Junior High School. Graduating from Northwest Catholic High School in Hartford, and then Howard University in Washington, D.C., Cloud earned his B.A. degree in Political Science in 1991.

From 1991 to 1992, Cloud worked as an associate for the Council on Foundations. Later, while serving as a legislative aid for Connecticut State Senator Eric D. Coleman, he researched and wrote the legislation that created the first African American Males Taskforce and the Connecticut African American Affairs Commission. In 1997, Cloud was appointed project manager for AMISTAD America in New Haven; there he conceived and designed Freedom Schooner Amistad, a human rights education project which re-creates the Spanish ship made famous by an 1839 slave revolt. Promoted to executive director in 1999, Cloud serves as president and chief executive officer.

Cloud is a fellow of the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University; the Emerging Leaders Programme in Cape Town, South Africa; the Coro Midwestern Center in St. Louis, Missouri; the Amistad Sierra Leone Friendship Delegation; and the Amistad America/University of Havana Delegation. In 2004, Cloud received a Tourism Ambassador of the Year Award from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. A board member of the Connecticut Institute for the Blind; the Bushnell Theatre; American Sail Training Association; and the Greater Hartford Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Cloud also received the National Maritime Historical Society, American Ship Trust Award in 2002.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Christopher R. Cloud's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Christopher R. Cloud lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Christopher R. Cloud describes his maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Christopher R. Cloud describes his paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Christopher R. Cloud talks about his father, Sanford Cloud
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Christopher R. Cloud lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Christopher R. Cloud describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Christopher R. Cloud describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Christopher R. Cloud describes his education in the Hartford, Connecticut area
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Christopher R. Cloud talks about his decision to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Christopher R. Cloud describes the lack of black history during his childhood education and the racial demographics of Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Christopher R. Cloud talks about his exposure to and interest in Caribbean cultures
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Christopher R. Cloud describes his experience learning about black history and culture
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Christopher R. Cloud describes his life during high school as Northwest Catholic High School in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Christopher R. Cloud talks about his church attendance
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Christopher R. Cloud describes his activities at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Christopher R. Cloud talks about his interest in the history of slavery
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Christopher R. Cloud describes important teachers during junior high and high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Christopher R. Cloud talks about important professors at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Christopher R. Cloud talks about his wife, Stacy Hurley Cloud
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Christopher R. Cloud talks about the impact Howard University in Washington, D.C. had on his life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Christopher R. Cloud talks about his college internship for United States Senator Chris Dodd
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Christopher R. Cloud talks about his first job at the Council on Foundations in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Christopher R. Cloud talks about his work in philanthropy and influential trips in his career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Christopher R. Cloud remembers his hiring as CEO of the AMISTAD America Incorporated
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Christopher R. Cloud talks about the historical impact of J.W.C. Pennington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Christopher R. Cloud tells the story of the Amistad, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Christopher R. Cloud tells the story of the Amistad, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Christopher R. Cloud talks about the 'Amistad' movie
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Christopher R. Cloud talks about public misconceptions about the history of the Amistad
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Christopher R. Cloud talks about the importance of the Amistad within black and American history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Christopher R. Cloud describes the history of the Amistad ship
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Christopher R. Cloud describes the recreated Amistad ship built by AMISTAD America Incorporated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Christopher R. Cloud describes the work of AMISTAD America Incorporated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Christopher R. Cloud talks about the impact of the recreated Amistad
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Christopher R. Cloud describes reactions to historical depictions of the Amistad
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Christopher R. Cloud talks about the importance of empowering stories in black history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Christopher R. Cloud talks about inaccuracies and commercialization in movies depicting historical events
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Christopher R. Cloud describes upcoming plans for AMISTAD America Incorporated
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Christopher R. Cloud talks about the relationship of AMISTAD America Incorporated and the Republic of Sierra Leone
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Christopher R. Cloud talks about historical accounts of Sengbe Pieh's return to Sierra Leone
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Christopher R. Cloud talks about the importance of engaging with the history of slavery
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Christopher R. Cloud describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Christopher R. Cloud describes his future plans and goals
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Christopher R. Cloud reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Christopher R. Cloud reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Christopher R. Cloud describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Christopher R. Cloud narrates his photographs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Christopher R. Cloud narrates his photographs, pt. 2