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H. Carl McCall

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal Government Official
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Dutchess County, New York
Favorite Quote:
Keep Hope Alive.

Birthplace

Born:
10/17/1935
Birth Location:
Boston, Massachusetts

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal Government Official
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Dutchess County, New York
Favorite Quote:
Keep Hope Alive.

Birthplace

Born:
10/17/1935
Birth Location:
Boston
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Biography

Government official and civic leader H. Carl McCall was born on October 17, 1935 in Boston, Massachusetts to Herman McCall and Caroleasa Ray. He and his five siblings were raised in Boston’s Roxbury community. In 1954, McCall graduated from Roxbury Memorial High School, where he was president of his class. He received his B.A. degree in government from Dartmouth College in 1958, and went on to attend the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. He also received his M.Div. degree from Andover Newton Theological Seminary and became an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.

McCall worked first as a high school teacher and a bank manager, and then joined the United States Army in the 1960s. By the late 1960s, he moved to New York City to work for church outreach and was subsequently appointed by Mayor John Lindsay to head the Commission Against Poverty. In 1971, McCall helped to found and served as president of the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation. He was then elected to the New York State Senate representing the upper Manhattan district of New York City in 1975, and went on to serve three terms. In 1979, McCall was appointed as an ambassador for the U.S. delegation to the United Nations by President Jimmy Carter. He unsuccessfully ran for Lieutenant Governor in 1982, but was named the state’s commissioner of human rights by Mario Cuomo in 1983. McCall then served as vice president of Citicorp from 1985 to 1993, and from 1991 to 1993, he served as president of the New York City Board of Education under Mayor David N. Dinkins.

In 1993, McCall became the first African American elected as the New York State comptroller after winning a special election. He was reelected to the position in 1994 and in 1998. McCall then ran for and won the Democratic primary for Governor of New York in 2002, but was defeated in the general election. He stepped down from his post as comptroller in 2003, and later started a financial services firm called Convent Capital.

McCall was a member of the board of the New York Stock Exchange from 1999 to 2003. He also sat on the board of the Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc., and is a member of the Fiscal Control Board for Buffalo, New York. He has also served on the boards of directors for TYCO International, New Plan Realty, TAG Entertainment Corporation, Ariel Investments, and as chair of the New York State Public Higher Education Conference Board. In 2011, McCall was appointed chairman of the State University of New York Board of Trustees. He is the recipient of nine honorary degrees and was awarded the Nelson Rockefeller Distinguished Public Service Award from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University of Albany in 2003.

McCall is married to Dr. Joyce F. Brown, the president of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. He has one daughter, Marci.

Carl McCall was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 18, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of H. Carl McCall's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - H. Carl McCall lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - H. Carl McCall describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - H. Carl McCall describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - H. Carl McCall talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - H. Carl McCall describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - H. Carl McCall remembers his community in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - H. Carl McCall describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - H. Carl McCall remembers the St. Mark Congregational Church in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - H. Carl McCall describes his early personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - H. Carl McCall remembers his schooling in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - H. Carl McCall talks about his academic success
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - H. Carl McCall talks about his relationship with his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - H. Carl McCall remembers segregation in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - H. Carl McCall remembers Edward Brooke
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - H. Carl McCall remembers teaching at Jamaica Plain High School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - H. Carl McCall talks about his interest in teaching
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - H. Carl McCall recalls his decision to attend Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - H. Carl McCall talks about his experiences at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - H. Carl McCall talks about the fraternities at Dartmouth College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - H. Carl McCall remembers working at Breezy Meadows Camp in Holliston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - H. Carl McCall talks about his transition to college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - H. Carl McCall remembers graduating from Dartmouth College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - H. Carl McCall recalls his first experience of segregation in the South
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - H. Carl McCall talks about the segregated housing at Fort Benning in Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - H. Carl McCall talks about his decision to apply to graduate school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - H. Carl McCall remembers studying at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - H. Carl McCall talks about developing his theology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - H. Carl McCall remembers his missionary work in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - H. Carl McCall recalls becoming an organizer for the New York City Mission Society
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - H. Carl McCall describes his initiatives at the New York City Mission Society
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - H. Carl McCall talks about the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - H. Carl McCall describes the New York City Council Against Poverty
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - H. Carl McCall talks about the Urban League of Greater New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - H. Carl McCall remembers expanding the Opportunities Industrialization Centers to New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - H. Carl McCall talks about the relationship between the Congregational church and historically black colleges
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - H. Carl McCall reflects upon his political career in New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - H. Carl McCall talks about funding community programs in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - H. Carl McCall recalls his role in the administration of Mayor John Lindsay
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - H. Carl McCall remembers meeting Percy Sutton
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - H. Carl McCall remembers acquiring the New York Amsterdam News
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - H. Carl McCall talks about the founding of the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - H. Carl McCall talks about his campaign for the New York State Senate
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - H. Carl McCall describes his experiences in the New York State Senate
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - H. Carl McCall describes the demographics of the New York State Senate
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - H. Carl McCall remembers his appointment as ambassador to the United Nations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - H. Carl McCall talks about his position at WNET-TV
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - H. Carl McCall remembers his run for lieutenant governor of New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - H. Carl McCall talks about his work at Citibank, N.A., pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - H. Carl McCall remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - H. Carl McCall talks about his work at Citibank, N.A., pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - H. Carl McCall talks about the role of African Americans in the municipal finance industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - H. Carl McCall recalls his appointment to the New York City Department of Education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - H. Carl McCall talks about minority participation in New York State governance
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - H. Carl McCall recalls becoming the comptroller of New York State
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - H. Carl McCall remembers his reelections as New York State comptroller
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - H. Carl McCall talks about the challenges of political campaigning
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - H. Carl McCall remember his campaign against Herbert London
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - H. Carl McCall remembers the election of Mayor Rudy Giuliani
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - H. Carl McCall talks about the influence of the Republican Party in New York State
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - H. Carl McCall talks about his plans to run for governor of New York
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - H. Carl McCall remembers joining the board of the New York Stock Exchange
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - H. Carl McCall talks about the controversy over Richard Grasso's pension
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - H. Carl McCall remembers the effect of September 11, 2001 on the New York Stock Exchange
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - H. Carl McCall remembers his decision to run for governor of New York
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - H. Carl McCall talks about his gubernatorial campaign against George Pataki and Andrew Cuomo
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - H. Carl McCall describes the reasons for his unsuccessful gubernatorial bid in 2002
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - H. Carl McCall reflects upon his experiences as a politician
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - H. Carl McCall talks about his hopes for young black politicians
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - H. Carl McCall talks about his corporate board memberships
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - H. Carl McCall talks about his relationship with Andrew Cuomo
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - H. Carl McCall describes his role as chairman of the State University of New York System
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - H. Carl McCall talks about StartUp NY
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - H. Carl McCall talks about the future of public education in New York
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - H. Carl McCall talks about Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposal for public education funding
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - H. Carl McCall talks about income inequality in New York
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - H. Carl McCall talks about the neglect of the middle class
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - H. Carl McCall talks about the importance of black organizations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - H. Carl McCall describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - H. Carl McCall reflects upon the legacy of his generation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - H. Carl McCall reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - H. Carl McCall reflects upon his life