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George N'Namdi

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Gallery Owner

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green, Purple
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Life Treats Me The Same Everyday. My Ability To Handle It May Vary From Day To Day.

Birthplace

Born:
9/12/1946
Birth Location:
Columbus, Ohio

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Gallery Owner

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green, Purple
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Life Treats Me The Same Everyday. My Ability To Handle It May Vary From Day To Day.

Birthplace

Born:
9/12/1946
Birth Location:
Columbus
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Biography

Art dealer and educator George R. N’Namdi was born September 12, 1946, in Columbus, Ohio; his grandfather, Rev. Langdon E. Johnson was a noted businessman and “race man” in West Virginia. N’Namdi's father, George R. Johnson, a postal worker, helped N’Namdi’s mother, Ima Jo Winson Johnson, open three beauty shops. Fascinated by earning money, N’Namdi worked several jobs while attending Felton Elementary School, and Franklin and Champion Junior High Schools. N’Namdi graduated from Columbus East High School in 1965. Changing his major from accounting to education, N’Namdi graduated from Ohio State University in 1970; he earned his master’s degree in education and another in psychology before obtaining his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1974.

In 1970, N’Namdi was appointed regional education director for Head Start in Southwestern Ohio. When he moved to Ann Arbor in 1972 to work on his graduate degrees in psychology, N’Namdi became involved with the Black Student Psychological Association and cultural thinkers such as Geneva Smitherman and Niara Sudarkasa. During this period, N’Namdi and his wife changed their surnames to N’Namdi, which means “father’s name lives on” in the Ibo language of Eastern Nigeria. In the mid seventies, N’Namdi served as a therapist at Milan Federal Prison and taught courses at the University of Michigan. In 1978, N’Namdi and his wife Carmen founded the Nataki Talibah School House; the Detroit based independent grade school, named for their late daughter, consistently outperformed local and state schools while teaching transcendental meditation and emphasizing the arts.

N’Namdi began collecting art in 1968; with a partner, in 1981, he opened Jazzonia Gallery. In 1982 N’Namdi launched his family based G.R. N’Namdi Gallery; he later expanded his holdings to include galleries in Chicago and in New York City. N’Namdi’s son, Jumaane, manages the Chicago gallery and his daughter, Kemba, helps with the Detroit site. While exhibiting the works of artists Hughie Lee Smith, James VanDerZee, Allie McGhee, and Barbara Chase Riboud, N’Namdi is creating a $3 million dollar complex in Detroit’s Cultural Center arts district.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of George N'Namdi's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - George N'Namdi lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - George N'Namdi describes his maternal family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - George N'Namdi describes his maternal family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - George N'Namdi describes his mother's childhood and employment
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - George N'Namdi describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - George N'Namdi describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - George N'Namdi describes his father's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - George N'Namdi describes his father's personality, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - George N'Namdi describes his father's personality, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - George N'Namdi describes his father's support for his mother's beauty salon
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - George N'Namdi shares his childhood memories of watching his father play baseball
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - George N'Namdi shares his memories of his family's house and land
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - George N'Namdi describes his father's humanitarian service
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - George N'Namdi recalls learning about his grandfather on the internet
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - George N'Namdi describes being influenced by his mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - George N'Namdi describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - George N'Namdi describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - George N'Namdi names his siblings, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - George N'Namdi names his siblings, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - George N'Namdi describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - George N'Namdi describes his early interest in entrepreneurship
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - George N'Namdi recalls how he learned to be an entrepreneur
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - George N'Namdi describes his early interest in fashion, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - George N'Namdi describes his early interest in fashion, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - George N'Namdi describes his experience in elementary school and junior high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - George N'Namdi recalls the junior high school teachers who influenced him
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - George N'Namdi recalls manipulating the grading system at Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - George N'Namdi reflects on his experience at Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - George N'Namdi recalls his enjoyment of The Impressions and his understanding of politics in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - George N'Namdi recalls how he made money in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - George N'Namdi describes becoming a better student during his senior year at Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - George N'Namdi describes his skill at wrestling and his confrontational attitude at Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - George N'Namdi describes his college options when he graduated from Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - George N'Namdi describes his experience living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and being mentored by Ernest Spaights
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - George N'Namdi describes enrolling at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - George N'Namdi describes hosting dances as a high school student
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - George N'Namdi describes promoting dances while a student at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - George N'Namdi describes his decision to switch majors from accounting to education at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - George N'Namdi describes the challenges he encountered at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - George N'Namdi describes the African American community at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - George N'Namdi describes race relations in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - George N'Namdi describes the racism at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - George N'Namdi describes his experience working as a supervisor for the Head Start Program in Ohio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of George N'Namdi's interview
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - George N'Namdi describes his positions at the Head Start Program and getting married in 1971
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - George N'Namdi describes enrolling at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - George N'Namdi compares his experiences at The Ohio State University and the University of Michigan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - George N'Namdi recalls the professors he worked with at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - George N'Namdi describes his dissertation in psychology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - George N'Namdi describes his dissertation committee at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - George N'Namdi shares his experience at the University of Michigan and volunteering at Milan Federal Prison, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - George N'Namdi shares his experience at the University of Michigan and volunteering at Milan Federal Prison, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - George N'Namdi describes teaching and designing courses at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - George N'Namdi recalls the death of his youngest daughter, Nataki Talibah, and the decision to found the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - George N'Namdi talks about his awareness of the Council of Independent Black Institutions
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - George N'Namdi describes the decision to open the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - George N'Namdi describes the philosophy of "the norm" at the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - George N'Namdi describes teaching about the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - George N'Namdi describes how he taught students at Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse in Detroit, Michigan to identify racism
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - George N'Namdi talks about the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse becoming a charter school
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - George N'Namdi describes his role in running the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - George N'Namdi talks about implementing the philosophy of "the norm" as the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse has grown
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - George N'Namdi describes some of the experiences available at the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - George N'Namdi describes his teaching and research at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - George N'Namdi describes the different rights and responsibilities of different age groups at the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - George N'Namdi describes how the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse prepares students for high school
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - George N'Namdi talks about the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse in Detroit, Michigan and its positive focus
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - George N'Namdi describes beginning his collection of art and antiques, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - George N'Namdi describes beginning his collection of art and antiques, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - George N'Namdi describes opening the Jazzonia Gallery in 1981
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - George N'Namdi describes the growth of the G. R. N'Namdi Gallery and its reputation for abstract art
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - George N'Namdi describes the art and artists featured at the G.R. N'Namdi Gallery
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - George N'Namdi describes how the G.R. N'Namdi Gallery selects art to display and lists some of their artists
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - George N'Namdi describes the market for art at the G.R. N'Namdi Gallery
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - George N'Namdi describes the difference between prints and reproductions or artworks
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - George N'Namdi describes his approach to education and service at the G.R. N'Namdi Gallery
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - George N'Namdi describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - George N'Namdi describes his lack of regrets
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - George N'Namdi reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 11 - George N'Namdi reflects on his parents' pride in him
  • Tape: 9 Story: 12 - George N'Namdi describes how he would like to be remembered