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Freeman Hrabowski

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
University President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Crab, Shrimp, Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Success Is Never Final.

Birthplace

Born:
8/13/1950
Birth Location:
Birmingham, Alabama

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
University President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Crab, Shrimp, Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Success Is Never Final.

Birthplace

Born:
8/13/1950
Birth Location:
Birmingham
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Biography

Paving the way for African Americans of the future, Freeman Hrabowski III was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on August 13, 1950. After graduating from high school at the age of sixteen, Hrabowski went on to attend the Hampton Institute and spent a year studying at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. After earning his B.A. in mathematics in 1970, Hrabowski attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning an M.A. in 1971 and a Ph.D. in higher education administration in 1975.

Growing up in racially divisive Birmingham, Hrabowski was involved at an early age in the civil rights movement. He participated in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s children's crusade and was arrested. He also knew one of the young girls killed in the Birmingham church bombing of 1963. Hrabowski also noted that many of his classmates did not excel the way he did with mathematics, and by the time he entered the University of Illinois he was the only black student in his classes. Curious and inspired, Hrabowski established a tutoring center for African Americans in high school and college math and science courses.

After earning his Ph.D., Hrabowski remained at the University of Illinois for a year as an assistant professor and the assistant dean of student services. From there, he was hired by Alabama A&M University as the associate dean of graduate studies and an associate professor of statistics. In 1977, Hrabowski took a position at Coppin State College in Maryland as a professor of math and dean of arts and sciences. By 1981, he had been named vice president for academic affairs, where he remained another six years. Hrabowski went to the nearby University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in 1987 as vice provost, and he remains there today as president.

Under Hrabowski's leadership, the Meyerhoff Scholarship was established, originally to help African American males that already excelled in math and science do even better. Today, the program is open to all who excel in these areas, and Hrabowski has plans to increase the program and expand his school even more.

A true leader, Hrabowski is involved in a number of organizations, serving on the boards of groups such as the American Association of Colleges & Universities, the Baltimore Community Foundation and McCormick & Company. He has also co-written two books and numerous articles for journals. Hrabowski has received the Council on Chemical Research Diversity Award and the Outstanding Science Educator Award from Eli Lilly & Company, among many others. He and his wife, Jacqueline, have one son.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Freeman Hrabowski's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Freeman Hrabowski lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Freeman Hrabowski describes his maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Freeman Hrabowski talks about his cousin, Ola Scroggins
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Freeman Hrabowski talks about his cousins, Ola Scroggins and Nick Aaron Ford
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Freeman Hrabowski talks about his mother, Maggie Geeter Hrabowski, who was a teacher
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Freeman Hrabowski talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Freeman Hrabowski talks about his parents' jobs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Freeman Hrabowski describes the two black neighborhoods in Birmingham, Alabama, Smithfield and Titusville
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Freeman Hrabowski talks about class and color divisions within the African American community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Freeman Hrabowski describes his mother's resolve to become a teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Freeman Hrabowski describes his childhood memories and his parents care for the elderly
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Freeman Hrabowski talks about his elementary school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Freeman Hrabowski describes his childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Freeman Hrabowski talks about racism in Alabama as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Freeman Hrabowski describes his determination to participate in the Birmingham Children's Crusade in 1963, pt.1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Freeman Hrabowski describes his determination to participate in the Birmingham Children's Crusade in 1963, pt.2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Freeman Hrabowski describes his experience of integrated education in the North
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Freeman Hrabowski talks about the Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia and his teachers there
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Freeman Hrabowski talks about his study abroad experience in Egypt
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Freeman Hrabowski describes his experience in Egypt where he met Shirley Graham Du Bois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Freeman Hrabowski talks about the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Freeman Hrabowski talks about the impact of his father's terminal illness
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Freeman Hrabowski talks about his doctoral studies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Freeman Hrabowski talks about Samuel Massie and supporting African American students in the math and sciences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Freeman Hrabowski describes his career in academic administration and his work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Freeman Hrabowski talks about his two books and interacting with young black men
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Freeman Hrabowski talks about the Choice Program for at-risk kids at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Freeman Hrabowski talks about his books and what he discovered about success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Freeman Hrabowski describes the problematic portrayal of African Americans in the media
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Freeman Hrabowski describes his desire to foster the growth of African American children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Freeman Hrabowski describes his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Freeman Hrabowski describes his philosophy of education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Freeman Hrabowski identifies his honors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Freeman Hrabowski reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Freeman Hrabowski describes how he would like to be remembered