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George H. Lambert

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Sweet potatoes, salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas holiday season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Greece
Favorite Quote:
Have Mercy. To God Be The Glory.

Birthplace

Born:
5/12/1951
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Sweet potatoes, salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas holiday season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Greece
Favorite Quote:
Have Mercy. To God Be The Glory.

Birthplace

Born:
5/12/1951
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Nonprofit executive George H. Lambert was born on May 12, 1951 in Washington, D.C. to George H. Lambert, Sr. and Arnitha Green Allen. Lambert graduated from William Penn Senior High School in York, Pennsylvania in 1971. He went on to earn his B.A. degree in urban studies from Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia in 1975.

Upon his college graduation, Lambert worked for two years at the Richmond Community Action Program. Then, he became a community organizer for the Northern Virginia branch of the Washington Urban League in Alexandria, Virginia. Lambert was hired as the executive director of the Northern Virginia branch of the Washington Urban League in 1980. He also co-founded the Alexandria Forum, as a space for civil rights groups to collaborate on key issues and strategic planning. In 1990, he led the branch’s transition into the fully affiliated Northern Virginia Urban League. During his tenure as the executive director, Lambert also served as a senior regional consultant to the National Urban League. Lambert left the Northern Virginia Urban League in the mid-2000s, at which time he served as a senior director for resource development for the United Way of the National Capital area and as the vice president of public affairs at Issue Dynamics, Inc. From 2011 to 2013, he served as the president and chief executive officer of the Lorain County Urban League in Elyria, Ohio. Lambert was then appointed as the president and chief executive officer of the Greater Washington Urban League in 2014. In this role, he created the Thursday Network, which facilitated interactions between African American youth and the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia. Lambert also worked with the Washington Nationals to institute Black Heritage Day at Nationals Park; and he partnered with corporations like Potomac Electric Power Company to offer utility assistance in the African American community.

He was a member of the National Urban League’s Association of Executives; the Academy of Fellows. He was also a parishioner of Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia.

Lambert and his wife, Bernadette Curtis-Lambert, have five children together.

George H. Lambert was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 2, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of George H. Lambert's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - George H. Lambert lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - George H. Lambert describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - George H. Lambert describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - George H. Lambert recalls how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - George H. Lambert talks about gender discrimination in the Baptist church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - George H. Lambert remembers staying in Washington, D.C. after his parent's divorce
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - George H. Lambert describes his parent's personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - George H. Lambert talks about his brother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - George H. Lambert describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - George H. Lambert talks about moving to York, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - George H. Lambert talks about his mother's decision to move him out of Washington, D.C. as a teenager
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - George H. Lambert describes his neighborhood and upbringing in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - George H. Lambert recalls attending William Penn Senior High School in York, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - George H. Lambert talks about developing his interest in African American studies
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - George H. Lambert remembers his options after graduating from high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - George H. Lambert describes his decision to attend Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - George H. Lambert recalls majoring in Urban Studies at Virginia Union University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - George H. Lambert talks about the black political leadership of the 1970s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - George H. Lambert recalls reading the works of influential black writers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - George H. Lambert remembers joining the Northern Virginia branch of the Washington Urban League
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - George H. Lambert recalls backing coed dorms at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - George H. Lambert remembers Richmond's annexation of Henrico County, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - George H. Lambert talks about his job offer from the Richmond Community Action Agency
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - George H. Lambert remembers his graduation from Virginia Union University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - George H. Lambert talks about his community organizing work
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - George H. Lambert describes Alexandria, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - George H. Lambert recalls the history of the National Urban League
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - George H. Lambert talks about neighborhood preservation in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - George H. Lambert describes his role at the Northern Virginia branch of the Washington Urban League
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - George H. Lambert remembers Mayor Marion Barry, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - George H. Lambert remembers Mayor Marion Barry, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - George H. Lambert talks about the Northern Virginia Urban League becoming an affiliate of the National Urban League
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - George H. Lambert describes African American politicians in Northern Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - George H. Lambert remembers football coach Herman Boone
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - George H. Lambert talks about Governor L. Douglas Wilder
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - George H. Lambert recalls the articles he's published in African American newspapers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - George H. Lambert talks about his work with the National Urban League
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - George H. Lambert remembers Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - George H. Lambert describes past presidents of the National Urban League
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - George H. Lambert talks about his work in public affairs and with the United Way of America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - George H. Lambert describes his experiences with the Lorain County Urban League in Elyria, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - George H. Lambert remembers the application process to become Greater Washington Urban League president
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - George H. Lambert talks about the Black Lives Matter movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - George H. Lambert remembers Chief Cathy Lanier of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - George H. Lambert talks about educating young African American males on law enforcement procedures
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - George H. Lambert describes the Greater Washington Urban League's partnership with the Washington Nationals
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - George H. Lambert talks about the Greater Washington Urban League's collaborations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - George H. Lambert describes the scholarships and philanthropy of the Greater Washington Urban League
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - George H. Lambert talks about his retirement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - George H. Lambert reflects upon the presidency of Barack Obama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - George H. Lambert describes race relations in the United States
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - George H. Lambert describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - George H. Lambert reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - George H. Lambert talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - George H. Lambert describes how he would like to be remembered