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Dr. Price Cobbs

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Psychiatrist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Right on.

Birthplace

Born:
11/2/1928
Birth Location:
Los Angeles, California

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Psychiatrist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Right on.

Birthplace

Born:
11/2/1928
Birth Location:
Los Angeles
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Biography

Price Mashaw Cobbs, black psychiatrist, author, and management consultant, was born November 2, 1928, in Los Angeles, California, the youngest of three children. Cobbs's parents were politically left, sophisticated migrants from the American South, who called it the "old country." Cobbs's family invested in their son the analytical tools to answer his endless questions; as a youth, he read Richard Wright, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, Sigmund Freud, W.E.B. DuBois, and Booker T. Washington. Cobbs also eagerly followed Time Magazine, the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago Defender; his interests ranged from religion and lynching, to what it was like to live in other cities. Cobbs graduated from Jefferson High School in 1946 and started that same year at U.C.L.A. After transferring to the University of California at Berkeley, Cobbs dropped out to join the Army; he served in Germany before returning to Berkeley, where he graduated in 1954.

Cobbs graduated from Meharry Medical School with his M. D. in Psychiatric Medicine in 1958, and was board certified in 1966; he built his private practice with patients referred by local hospitals and doctors. The Civil Rights Movement exacerbated the problems experienced by Cobbs's black patients through the discomfort brought on by intense social change. In 1968, Cobbs co-wrote the classic work, Black Rage, with William Grier; this timely book contended that at the death of Dr. King, not some, but all blacks were angry. Black Rage's analysis of seething black anger and real white racism startled the country and challenged black people to reject practices based in the continuum of a slave culture. Black Rage became standard reading in college classrooms and community study groups across the nation. Cobbs was a popular lecturer and talk show guest. His next book, The Jesus Bag, further challenged the comfort zone of the establishment; his most recent work, Cracking the Corporate Code: From Survival to Mastery, co-authored with Judith L. Turnock, was about power.

Cobbs served as the president and CEO of Pacific Management Systems of San Francisco where he applied the principles of enthnotherapy to his work as a management consultant.

Cobbs passed away on June 25, 2018.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Price Cobbs recalls his earliest memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Price Cobbs discusses family life in his Los Angeles, California home
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Price Cobbs contrasts forms of racism in the United States
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Price Cobbs remembers the sights, smells and sounds of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Price Cobbs details his educational background
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Price Cobbs recalls childhood influences outside the family sphere
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Price Cobbs discusses his relationship with his mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Price Cobbs discusses his turbulent relationship with his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Price Cobbs explains some of his college decisions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Price Cobbs discusses his stint in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Price Cobbs describes some obstacles at Meharry Medical College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Price Cobbs remembers his protected childhood environment
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Price Cobbs discusses his difficulties at Meharry Medical College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Price Cobbs discusses his interest in psychiatry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Price Cobbs considers psychiatry and the black community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Price Cobbs describes memorable school instructors at Meharry and his decision to return to California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Price Cobbs describes the extra scrutiny that black people face
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Price Cobbs reviews his professional choices
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Price Cobbs discusses the death of his first wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Price Cobbs explains how he established his private psychiatric practice
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Price Cobbs discusses patient afflictions in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Price Cobbs considers factors affecting psychiatric health
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Price Cobbs discusses management consulting, a new facet of his career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Price Cobbs details the inspiration for his book, 'Black Rage'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Price Cobbs recalls public response to his book 'Black Rage'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Price Cobbs discusses his second book, 'The Jesus Bag'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Price Cobbs discusses his corporate consulting endeavor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Price Cobbs reflects on behavioral trends in corporate America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Price Cobbs reveals his findings on successful corporate players
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Price Cobbs recalls his consulting stint with the television comedy show, 'In Living Color'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Price Cobbs calls for a critical discussion of race in America
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Price Cobbs discusses cultural exchange in America
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Price Cobbs outlines a plan for the advancement of African Americans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Price Cobbs evaluates the megachurch trend
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Price Cobbs emphasizes the significance of building wealth in the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Price Cobbs opines on the overuse of prescription psychiatric drugs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Price Cobbs details his professional history and future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Price Cobbs discusses his latest book project, 'From Rage to Entitlement'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Price Cobbs reflects on his father's personality
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Price Cobbs looks back upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Price Cobbs considers his legacy