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Fred C. Matthews, III

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Rice, Gravy
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Aruba
Favorite Quote:
Fake It Until You Make It.

Birthplace

Born:
3/4/1942
Birth Location:
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Rice, Gravy
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Aruba
Favorite Quote:
Fake It Until You Make It.

Birthplace

Born:
3/4/1942
Birth Location:
Baton Rouge
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Biography

YMCA executive Fred C. Matthews III was born March 4, 1942, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Matthews spent his youth at the Branco-Clark YMCA in Baton Rouge. He attended Valley Park and Perkins Road elementary schools and graduated from McKinley High School in 1958, where he was an honor student and president of the Louisiana State Student Council. Matthews went on to Southern University, where he graduated with a B.A. in sociology in 1962, and received a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. He completed his military service with the rank of captain.

In 1966, after six months as a Chicago eighth grade teacher, Matthews was hired at the YMCA in Chicago as the director of the Youth Employment and Training Orientation Center. In 1971, he was appointed district director of the YMCA’s South District, thus becoming the youngest area YMCA chief. In 1985, Matthews became executive director of the Duncan YMCA. Here he developed programs to fight infant mortality and joblessness, and worked to establish the $3 million Chernin Center for the Arts, with a 220-seat theatre, art gallery, dance studio, town meeting room and other amenities. Matthews was appointed vice president of community relations for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago in 1993 and became a member of the corporate staff. Matthews, a Rotarian and a Kiwanian is a member of a number of organizations, including: 100 Black Men, Inc., Southern University Alumni Association, Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation, the Chicago Department of Human Services Committee, Operation PUSH, and Grant Memorial A.M.E. Board of Trustees.

In 2003, the YMCA recognized Matthews’ contributions by naming a new building the Fred C. Matthews III Senior Center in his honor. Still active after thirty-eight years with the YMCA, Matthews and his wife of thirty-nine years, Roslyn, have two daughters.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Fred C. Matthews, III's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Fred C. Matthews, III narrates his photographs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Fred C. Matthews, III lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Fred C. Matthews, III talks about his maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Fred C. Matthews, III talks about his paternal family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Fred C. Matthews, III talks about his paternal family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Fred C. Matthews, III describes his father's career at Standard Oil in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Fred C. Matthews, III talks about his father's education and his involvement in the Baptist church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Fred C. Matthews, III describes his father's civic responsibilities in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Fred C. Matthews, III describes his mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Fred C. Matthews, III talks about Dr. Valerian Smith and HistoryMaker Reverend Gardner Taylor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Fred C. Matthews, III talks about schools he attended in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Fred C. Matthews, III recalls serving at a cast party for 'Band of Angels' in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Fred C. Matthews, III talks about the 1957 movie, 'Band of Angels'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Fred C. Matthews, III explains how his parents met
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Fred C. Matthews, III describes his childhood neighborhood in South Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Fred C. Matthews, III recalls the 1953 bus boycott in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Fred C. Matthews, III talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Fred C. Matthews, III remembers notable elementary school teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Fred C. Matthews, III talks about his experience at McKinley Senior High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Fred C. Matthews, III talks about his experience at McKinley Senior High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Fred C. Matthews, III explains his decision to attend Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Fred C. Matthews, III talks about his undergraduate experience at Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Fred C. Matthews, III describes his extracurricular activities at Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Fred C. Matthews, III recalls a series of student sit-ins in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Fred C. Matthews, III talks about majoring in sociology at Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Fred C. Matthews, III describes his experience serving in the U.S. military in South Korea in 1963, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Fred C. Matthews, III describes his experience serving in the U.S. military in South Korea in 1963, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Fred C. Matthews, III recalls significant events from his time stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Fred C. Matthews, III talks about the end of his U.S. Army career in 1965
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Fred C. Matthews, III describes how he began working for the YMCA in 1966
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Fred C. Matthews, III talks about his appointment as YMCA district director of Chicago, Illinois' Near South District
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Fred C. Matthews, III talks about BAN-WYS, a coalition of YMCA staff in the 1970s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Fred C. Matthews, III talks about the YMCA facilities under his jurisdiction in Chicago, Illinois during the 1970s and 1980s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Fred C. Matthews, III talks about YMCA programs he supported as district director in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Fred C. Matthews, III describes the development of arts programs at the Duncan YMCA in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Fred C. Matthews, III talks about YMCA arts programs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Fred C. Matthews, III talks about the YMCA's Youth Basketball Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Fred C. Matthews, III describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Fred C. Matthews, III describes the YMCA's character and community building functions
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Fred C. Matthews, III reflects upon his legacy