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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada; Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Bless You Lord For Another Day.

Birthplace

Born:
9/13/1929
Birth Location:
Denver, Colorado

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada; Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Bless You Lord For Another Day.

Birthplace

Born:
9/13/1929
Birth Location:
Denver
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Biography

Entrepreneur David Holliman was born on September 13, 1929 in Denver, Colorado.
Holliman became one of the first African Americans to gain long term employment with Continental Airlines where he helped to organize an African American maintenance workers organization. During his childhood, his father, Ernest William Holliman, was a Pullman porter and his mother, Adele Banks, died when he was two years old. His father moved the family from Pueblo, Colorado to Denver in the early 1940s where he attended Denver Public Schools receiving his diploma from East High School in 1948. That same year, he enlisted into the United States Coast Guard where he spent four years. In 1952, Holliman was discharged from active duty and spent another three years in the Army Reserves.

Holliman began his professional career as a small business owner. He owned a small janitorial business that offered cleaning services to office buildings in Denver. In 1966, he joined Continental Airlines in the maintenance department becoming one of the first African Americans to gain long term employment. There, he fought the biased policies that existed towards the African American workers and won his battle with a lawyer. Holliman later served as president of United Maintenance Incorporated and vice president of Queen City Services, Incorporated. In 1986, he retired from Continental Airlines.

Holliman has received mayoral appointments to the Denver City and County Board of Appeals and to the Mayor’s Black Advisory Committee. He also served as the president of the Barrett Elementary School’s Parent and Teacher Association. In 1990, he completed his studies at Regis College in Denver, Colorado where he received his B.S. degree in administration, business, and economics. Holliman has received the prestigious honor of being the Imperial Potentate of the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine and Jurisdiction.

Holliman resided in Denver with his wife and family.

Holliman passed away on June 30, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of David Holliman's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - David Holliman lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - David Holliman talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - David Holliman describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - David Holliman describes his chores on his paternal grandparents' farm
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - David Holliman describes his childhood community in Pueblo, Colorado
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - David Holliman recalls attending Bethlehem Baptist Church in Pueblo, Colorado
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - David Holliman recalls attending Columbian Elementary School in Pueblo
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - David Holliman recalls holiday celebrations from his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - David Holliman remembers listening to radio shows as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - David Holliman describes his chores at home
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - David Holliman describes his father's career as a Pullman porter
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - David Holliman remembers attending junior high school in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - David Holliman recalls Denver's Five Point neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - David Holliman recalls attending East High School in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - David Holliman recalls celebrating Black History Week in Denver
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - David Holliman describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - David Holliman talks about racial discrimination in Pueblo and Denver
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - David Holliman remembers being drafted to the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - David Holliman recalls the absence of discrimination in the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - David Holliman describes his participation in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - David Holliman recalls becoming a Prince Hall Freemason
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - David Holliman describes the civic work of Prince Hall Freemasonry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - David Holliman remembers discovering who his parents were
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - David Holliman describes his family's migration to Colorado
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - David Holliman describes his career path
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - David Holliman talks about his participation in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - David Holliman recalls a controversial grooming rule at Continental Airlines, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - David Holliman describes the significance of African American men's mustaches
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - David Holliman recalls a controversial grooming rule at Continental Airlines, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - David Holliman remembers favoritism in the airline industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - David Holliman explains his position on civil rights and nonviolence
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - David Holliman describes his position in the Masons
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - David Holliman recalls Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ralph Abernathy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - David Holliman recalls serving on Denver's City and County Board of Appeals
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - David Holliman recalls the Mayor's Black Advisory Committee in Denver
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - David Holliman describes the role of the Colorado Black Round Table
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - David Holliman describes his community in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - David Holliman talks about his family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - David Holliman describes his work with Denver's gangs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - David Holliman describes his work with Denver's gangs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - David Holliman describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - David Holliman reflects upon his contribution to The HistoryMakers project
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - David Holliman remembers attending college at fifty years old
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - David Holliman reflects upon his life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - David Holliman reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - David Holliman reflects upon his life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - David Holliman narrates his photographs