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George Levi Knox, III

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Ribs (Spare)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
La Jolla, California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/6/1943
Birth Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Ribs (Spare)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
La Jolla, California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/6/1943
Birth Location:
Indianapolis
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Biography

Retired vice president, corporate affairs for the Phillip Morris Company (now Altria Group, Inc.), George Levi Knox III was born September 6, 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana. His great-grandfather, George L. Knox wrote Life as I Remember It: As a Slave and a Freeman in 1895 owned the Indianapolis Freeman, a tonsorial parlor and the Negro league baseball’s Indianapolis ABC’s. Knox’s father, George L. Knox, II was a Tuskegee Airman who presided over the 1944 Freeman Field Mutiny court martial and later made the Air Force his career. Growing up in the military, Knox attended nine elementary schools from two in Alaska to Alabama State University’s Lab School, Jackson School in Hempstead, New York and Hempstead High School. He graduated from Tokyo American High School in 1961 as president of his class and captain of the football team. After a brief stint at Purdue University, Knox joined his family at Tuskegee Institute where his father headed the AFROTC program. He graduated with honors, receiving his B.A. degree in political science in 1967. Knox, who had interned on the Vietnam desk at the Department of State in 1965 as part of the Foreign Affairs Scholars Program, pursued graduate studies at American University.

Knox entered the United States Foreign Service in 1968 serving as third secretary of the United States Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. He also served in the Department of State’s Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau. In 1975, Knox earned his M.B.A. from Harvard University and was hired by McKinsey & Company, an international management consulting firm. There, in addition to his other work, he did pro bono projects for the Japan Society, the Ford Foundation and the NAACP. In 1977, Knox joined Phillip Morris becoming vice president of Public Affairs in 1987. Knox served in several capacities at Phillip Morris, including secretary to the Board Committee on Public Affairs and Social Responsibility and chairman of Phil-Pac, the company’s political action committee.

Knox is a member of and formerly chairman of the board of the Studio Museum in Harlem. He was a board member of the American Ballet Theatre, Southern Center for International Studies and served as an advisor to the Japan Foundation. Knox is vice chairman of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute; a member emeritus of the Public Affairs Committee of the United States Military Academy; a trustee of the African American Experience Fund and served on the Business Advisory Council of the United States Information Agency. He has been a director of the Harvard Business School Club of New York, the Independent College Fund of New York; a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of Alabama State University and a governor of the New School University.

Knox and his wife, Gail, divide their time between Stamford, Connecticut and LaJolla, California.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of George Levi Knox, III's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - George Levi Knox, III lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - George Levi Knox, III describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - George Levi Knox, III describes a letter from Booker T. Washington to his grandfather, John Clarence Wright
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - George Levi Knox, III describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - George Levi Knox, III recounts how his father and maternal grandmother met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - George Levi Knox, III describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - George Levi Knox, III details his paternal great great grandfather Charles Knox's journey from slave to freeman
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - George Levi Knox, III explains how his great great grandfather's newspaper business declined under pressure from the Ku Klux Klan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - George Levi Knox, III describes his father's early life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - George Levi Knox, III details how his father became a Tuskegee Airman
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - George Levi Knox, III describes his father's role in the Freeman Field mutiny
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - George Levi Knox, III remembers the segregated Lockbourne Air Force Base in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - George Levi Knox, III describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - George Levi Knox, III describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - George Levi Knox, III recalls attending elementary school in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - George Levi Knox, III describes his paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - George Levi Knox, III recalls his paternal grandmother's political involvement in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - George Levi Knox, III remembers his elementary school days in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - George Levi Knox, III recalls living in Montgomery, Alabama in 1953
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - George Levi Knox, III describes his family's connection to Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - George Levi Knox, III recalls moving from Montgomery, Alabama to Long Island, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - George Levi Knox, III recalls his experience of transferring between schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - George Levi Knox, III recalls how he developed leadership as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - George Levi Knox, III remembers Hempstead High School in Long Island, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - George Levi Knox, III recalls moving from Hempstead, New York to Tokyo, Japan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - George Levi Knox, III talks about being a teenager in Tokyo, Japan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - George Levi Knox, III recalls Narimasu Tokyo American High School in Tokyo, Japan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - George Levi Knox, III recalls his difficulties at Purdue University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - George Levi Knox, III recalls his decision to attend Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - George Levi Knox, III recalls his mentors at Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - George Levi Knox, III talks about deciding to major in political science at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - George Levi Knox, III remembers his time in the Foreign Affairs Scholars Program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - George Levi Knox, III recalls his position regarding the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - George Levi Knox, III recalls Vietnam War teach-ins at Tuskegee Institute
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - George Levi Knox, III talks about his fraternity affiliation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - George Levi Knox, III recalls the impact of his father's sudden death on his civil rights activism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - George Levi Knox, III recalls the dangers of civil rights activism in the South
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - George Levi Knox, III talks about enrolling in the United States Air Force
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - George Levi Knox, III recalls entering the U.S. Foreign Service after rejection from the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - George Levi Knox, III remembers his Japanese lessons for the U.S. Foreign Service
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - George Levi Knox, III recalls his U.S. Foreign Service work in East Asia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - George Levi Knox, III recalls his motivation to pursue his M.B.A. degree
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - George Levi Knox, III describes his decision to attend Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - George Levi Knox, III remembers Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - George Levi Knox, III remembers working at McKinsey & Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - George Levi Knox, III recalls his experience in Japan with McKinsey & Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - George Levi Knox, III remembers the growth of Japanese industry in the 1970s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - George Levi Knox, III talks about being African American in Japan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - George Levi Knox, III recalls joining the staff of Philip Morris International, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - George Levi Knox, III describes Philip Morris International, Inc.'s contributions to the black community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - George Levi Knox, III talks about the history of Philip Morris International, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - George Levi Knox, III details Philip Morris International, Inc.'s growth in the twentieth century
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - George Levi Knox, III describes his career track at Philip Morris International, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - George Levi Knox, III remembers highlights from his time at Philip Morris International, Inc.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - George Levi Knox, III talks about his achievements at Philip Morris International, Inc.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - George Levi Knox, III reflects upon his experience as an African American at Philip Morris International, Inc.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - George Levi Knox, III describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - George Levi Knox, III reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - George Levi Knox, III talks about his wife and children
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - George Levi Knox, III reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - George Levi Knox, III describes how he would like to be remembered