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Edward "Buzz" Palmer

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
N/A
Favorite Quote:
The Mob Is In The Street. I Must See Where They Are Going For I Am Their Leader.

Birthplace

Born:
5/13/1936
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
N/A
Favorite Quote:
The Mob Is In The Street. I Must See Where They Are Going For I Am Their Leader.

Birthplace

Born:
5/13/1936
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Globalist, civic activist and organizer Edward L. "Buzz" Palmer was born on May 13, 1936, in Chicago and grew up in Chicago's Englewood community.

In the 1960s, Palmer joined the Chicago Police Department and founded the African American Patrolman's League. Motivated by his experiences during his youth and during his career with the Chicago Police Department, Palmer became active in the community and developed an expertise in international urban affairs. He brought these academic interests into the classes that he taught at UIC, where he later became a senior fellow for the Institute for Government and Public Affairs, and continues to be involved with UIC's Great City Institute.

Palmer served as Chairman of Chicago's Sister Cities Committee under Mayor Harold Washington. He and his wife, former state of Illinois Senator Alice Palmer, have been committed to stimulating African American involvement in and awareness of foreign policy issues. Palmer served as chairman of the Senate Advisory Committee on South Africa and acts as a confidante to Prime Minister Michael Manly of Jamaica; Glyn Ford, Member of European Parlimentary (MEP) for the UK; and Harlem Desirs, MEP for France. In these capacities, he advises policy makers on the issues surrounding urban instability.

He is a member of the International Board of United Townships in Paris; the President of the Black Press Institute; the Director of the People's Program and the Founder and Executive Director of Comprand, Inc.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer describes his mother's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer describes his father's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about class divisions in Chicago when he was a boy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer describes a fight while attending Lindblom Technical High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about his political education and his time at Lindblom Technical High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about joining the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence analyst
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about his favorite books as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about his education and one influential teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about his early love of debate and his upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about his siblings and learning to box
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer describes the development of his intellectual and militant personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer describes working in U.S. Air Force intelligence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about a memorable experience in the U.S. Air Force and 1960 U-2 incident
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about military intelligence, drafts during the Cold War, nationalism and patriotism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about his approach to strategy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer describes his limited job opportunities after serving in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about the secrecy required of U.S. Air Force intelligence officers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about the Afro-American Patrolmen's League
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about political assassinations in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about protecting black leaders like HistoryMaker Jesse Jackson, Sr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about political activity in Chicago during the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about the end of his time with the Afro-American Patrolmen's League
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about Harold Washington run for U.S. Congress and Mayor of Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about Harold Washington and HistoryMaker Reverend Jesse L. Jackson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about Richard Durham's influence on Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about Dick Durham's hiring at Muhammad Speaks and Durham's friendship with Louis Martin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about his relationship with the editor of Pravda
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer describes his interactions with Olof Palme, Jan Carew, and Michael Manley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about his relationship with Luis Echeverria and how Echeverria rallied the Mexican American vote for Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about Rob Mier and Bill Ware
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about working with members of the European members of parliament like Glyn Ford and his friendship with Harlem Desir and HistoryMaker Reverend Calvin O. Butts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about Tom Mitchell's role in the Afro-American Patrolmen's league and his respect for Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about how he stood his ground in the Afro-American Patrolmen's League
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about the institution of a quota in the Chicago Police Department by Judge Prentice Marshall
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about being asked to leave the Afro-American Patrolmen's League
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about Tom Mitchell of the Afro-American Patrolmen's League
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about his work at Comprand, a health planning agency
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer describes increasing minority doctors at the University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about his role in establishing the CAHMCPs program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about his mentor Richard Durham, editor of Muhammed Speaks
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about Richard "Dick" Durham's influence on Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about generating support for Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about the key players behind Mayor Harold Washington's campaign
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about the relationship between Dick Durham and Elijah Muhammad
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about Richard Durham's funeral and the Bandung Conference
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about the Black Press Institute and his affiliation with the International Organization of Journalists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about learning from socialist journalists and Mikhail Gorvachev's ascent
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about his relationship with President Luis Echeverria who helped to rally the Mexican community to vote for Mayor Harold Washington in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer describes a meeting with Jan Carew, Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley, and Manley's cabinet
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer describes Michael Manley's wife, Beverly Manley
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer describes how he helped to negotiate the release of Edward Said and Ibrahim Abu-Lughod
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer describes how he met Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme and how he convinced Olof Palme to create a sister city for Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about the assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about political assassinations, pt.1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about political assassinations, pt.2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about the Transatlantic Conference on Race and Xenophobia which brought together African American and European intellectuals
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer describes organizing a group of journalists to meet with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, pt.1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer describes organizing a group of journalists to meet with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, pt.2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about the Colloquium for African American Research
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer describes how his parents viewed his accomplishments and his determination to fight
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer narrates his photographs, pt.1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Edward "Buzz" Palmer narrates his photographs, pt.2