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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Executive
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pork Chops
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/26/1944
Birth Location:
Smithfield, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Executive
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pork Chops
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/26/1944
Birth Location:
Smithfield
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Biography

Nonprofit executive Dennis Leon Terry was born on October 26, 1944 in Smithfield, North Carolina to Daisy Smith Williams and Kelly Terry, Jr. He grew up in the segregated South and experienced racial segregation and the overwhelming presence of the Ku Klux Klan. He attended North Carolina’s Lucille Hunter Elementary School and Springfield, Massachusetts' Buckingham Junior High School and Springfield Technical High School.

In 1964, Terry attended Howard University, where he majored in economics, was a member of the Howard University track team and was involved in Howard’s work study program. In addition to being active on campus, Terry also volunteered within the community. In 1968, Terry graduated from Howard University with his B.A. degree in economics.

After graduation Terry became the operations manager for the Long Island Lighting Company. In 1971, motivated by the concept of “diverse cultural groups coming together to produce the common good,” Terry and others founded the Mid Bronx Senior Citizens Council (MBSCC). The MBSCC was established as an advocacy group for the elderly focusing on the deteriorating areas of New York City’s South Bronx community.

In 1972, Terry became the chairman of the New York Urban League’s Bronx Borough Board and attended the National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana. From 1976 until 1996, Terry was a board member of the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO), a company that sought to reverse the flight of jobs and business from the South Bronx. Terry was also a board member of the Bronx Lebanon Hospital from 1981 to 1982.

Terry is retired and currently resides in the Bronx, New York.

Dennis Leon Terry was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 25, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dennis Terry's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dennis Terry lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dennis Terry describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dennis Terry describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dennis Terry describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dennis Terry describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dennis Terry talks about his paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dennis Terry describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dennis Terry recalls the entertainment and political centers in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dennis Terry describes the community of Washington Terrace in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dennis Terry remembers his childhood in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dennis Terry describes the residents of Washington Terrace in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dennis Terry remembers Lucille Hunter Elementary School in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dennis Terry talks about his educational experiences in the South and the North
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dennis Terry describes his awareness of racial discrimination in North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dennis Terry recalls a teacher at Elias Brookings Elementary School in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dennis Terry describes the demographics of the Old Hill neighborhood in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dennis Terry remembers Classical Junior High School in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dennis Terry describes his secondary education in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dennis Terry describes his experiences at Technical High School in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dennis Terry talks about his experiences at summer camp
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dennis Terry remembers his doo-wop group
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dennis Terry describes his decision to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dennis Terry recalls his first year at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dennis Terry remembers Ewart Brown and Jerry Guess
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dennis Terry remembers the riots of 1968 in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dennis Terry describes his position at the Potomac Electric Power Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dennis Terry recalls his first role at the Long Island Lighting Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dennis Terry describes how he came to work for the Long Island Lighting Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dennis Terry describes his experiences at the Long Island Lighting Company, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dennis Terry describes his experiences at the Long Island Lighting Company, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dennis Terry talks about his career at the Long Island Lighting Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dennis Terry describes his community involvement in the Bronx, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dennis Terry describes his volunteer work in the Bronx and Brooklyn boroughs of New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dennis Terry talks about the demographics of the Bronx, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dennis Terry recalls the New York City teacher's strike of 1968
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dennis Terry remembers the formation of the Mid Bronx Senior Citizens Council, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dennis Terry describes the Mid Bronx Senior Citizens Council, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dennis Terry talks about the housing facilities created by the Mid Bronx Senior Citizens Council, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dennis Terry talks about Andrew Freedman and the Andrew Freeman Home in Bronx, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dennis Terry talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dennis Terry describes the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dennis Terry recalls the National Black Political Convention of 1976
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dennis Terry reflects upon his honors and awards
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dennis Terry talks about his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dennis Terry narrates his photographs