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Donald L. Hense

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
You Must Be The Change You Seek.

Birthplace

Born:
7/4/1942
Birth Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
You Must Be The Change You Seek.

Birthplace

Born:
7/4/1942
Birth Location:
St. Louis
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Biography

Educator and businessman Donald L. Hense was born on July 4, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri to Ivy and Fred Hense. Hense played tennis and baseball and was the Sunday school president at his church. He was president of the junior Red Cross while in singing and acting classes at the neighborhood recreation center. Hense received his B.A. degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and attended graduate school at Stanford University in California. He was a Rockefeller intern in economics at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, a Merrill Scholar at the University of Ghana, a Ford Foundation Fellow at Stanford University, and a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.

Hense served as Executive Director of the Friendship House for several years. The Friendship House is a 100 year-old social service agency that helps children, families and older adults. During his tenure, he redesigned, revitalized and created committees and an education task force to research and evaluate the issues affecting youth. Out of the education task force came the recommendation that Friendship House become a charter school. In 1998, Hense founded Friendship Public Charter Schools with the assistance of Chris Whittle, founder of the Edison School. The schools serve more than 3,900 students on four campuses from kindergarten through twelfth grade. 96% of the graduates have gone on to attend college. Hense serves as the chairman of the Center for Youth and Family Investment, an organization which provides extended learning programs to more than 2,000 children daily. Hense is also the co-founder of the Bridges to Friendship Initiative, which provided the impetus for revitalization of the Navy Yard and was recognized by Vice President Al Gore as a model community initiative.

Hense has served as Vice President of the National Urban League, Director of the Development of Children’s Defense Fund, and Director of Governmental Relations at Howard University, Boston University and Dartmouth College. He also serves on the Board of the Center for Education Reform and the D.C. Arts and Humanities Collaborative and is the treasurer of the, D.C. Association of Charter Schools. On June 22, 2011 Hense was honored by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) as an inductee into the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame during the General Session of the National Charter Schools Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Donald L. Hense was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 23, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Donald L. Hense lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Donald L. Hense describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Donald L. Hense describes his relationship with his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Donald L. Hense describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Donald L. Hense describes his relationship with his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Donald L. Hense describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Donald L. Hense recalls his neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Donald L. Hense describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Donald L. Hense remembers Christ's Southern Mission Baptist Church in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Donald L. Hense lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Donald L. Hense recalls his interest in athletics
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Donald L. Hense remembers the Lincoln School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Donald L. Hense talks about integration in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Donald L. Hense remembers Vashon High School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Donald L. Hense recalls his early aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Donald L. Hense recalls his early entertainment
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Donald L. Hense recalls arriving at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Donald L. Hense talks about Paschal's La Carrousel Lounge in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Donald L. Hense remembers Benjamin Mays
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Donald L. Hense remembers attending chapel at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Donald L. Hense describes his community involvement at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Donald L. Hense remembers the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Donald L. Hense recalls the funeral of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Donald L. Hense describes his demonstrations against the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Donald L. Hense remembers studying abroad in Ghana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Donald L. Hense recalls his economics fellowship at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Donald L. Hense describes his professors at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Donald L. Hense recalls the economic scholars at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Donald L. Hense remembers his peers at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Donald L. Hense recalls his decision to attend Stanford University in Stanford, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Donald L. Hense describes his experiences at Stanford University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Donald L. Hense remembers leaving Stanford University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Donald L. Hense describes his career at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Donald L. Hense remembers his role at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Donald L. Hense recalls founding Applied Information Management, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Donald L. Hense recalls his role at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Donald L. Hense recalls his work at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Donald L. Hense recalls serving as vice president of development at the National Urban League
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Donald L. Hense describes his involvement with the Friendship House Association, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Donald L. Hense recalls his development work for the Arena Stage theater in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Donald L. Hense remembers fundraising for the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Donald L. Hense recalls his role at the Children's Defense Fund
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Donald L. Hense talks about his involvement in the charter school movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Donald L. Hense describes the Friendship Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Donald L. Hense talk about his plans for the Friendship Public Charter Schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Donald L. Hense describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Donald L. Hense shares a message to future generations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Donald L. Hense reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Donald L. Hense describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Donald L. Hense narrates his photographs