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H. Melvin Ming

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Media Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pie (Cassava)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
What You Are Speaks So Loudly That I Can't Hear A Word You Say.

Birthplace

Born:
8/22/1944
Birth Location:
Pembroke, Bermuda,

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Media Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pie (Cassava)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
What You Are Speaks So Loudly That I Can't Hear A Word You Say.

Birthplace

Born:
8/22/1944
Birth Location:
Pembroke, Bermuda
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Biography

Corporate media executive H. Melvin Ming was born Hilton Austin Melvin Ming in Hamilton, Bermuda. He is one of three sons of Hester and Calvin Ming. After completing his early education in Bermuda, Ming moved to the United States and graduated with his B.A. degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1967.

Upon graduation, Ming was hired as an Auditor and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for the accounting firm Coopers Lybrand (PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. In 1973, at the age of twenty-nine, Ming became only the seventh African American to achieve professional standing as a CPA in Pennsylvania. After a successful twelve year tenure at Coopers Lybrand, Ming left to become the Assistant Director for East of the River Health Association, a primary care Community Health Center in Southeast Washington, D.C. Ming then served for two years as Vice President, Finance and Administration, for the National Urban Coalition, an urban policy analysis research non-profit corporation. He then led a successful financial turn-around of National Public Radio (NPR) in Washington, D.C. Ming went on to lead three more major financial restructurings at Channel Thirteen/WNET in New York, WQED in Pittsburgh and the Museum of Television and Radio in New York and Los Angeles. In 1999, Ming became the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sesame Workshop in New York, the creators of the popular children’s television show Sesame Street. In 2002, Ming became Chief Operating Officer at Sesame Workshop. In 2006, Ming became the Director of Westwood, Inc., the largest independent producer and distributor of programming for commercial radio in the nation.

Ming serves on boards including the trustee of Regional Conferences Retirement Board, where he serves as one of three outside directors overseeing the $94 million retirement fund; First Children Finance, a non-profit organization created to meet the growing demand for quality early care and education, especially in low-income communities; and Atlantic Union College, a liberal arts college of 600 students located in South Lancaster, Massachusetts.

Ming was married in 1972 and has two children, Calvin Ming, thirty-five, and Jerilynne Ming, thirty-four. He also has two grandchildren, Carina and Cameron Ming.

Ming was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 6, 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - H. Melvin Ming shares the history of his surname
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - H. Melvin Ming describes the history of Bermuda
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Slating of H. Melvin Ming's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - H. Melvin Ming lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - H. Melvin Ming describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - H. Melvin Ming talks about his maternal grandparents' occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - H. Melvin Ming recalls his early musical influences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - H. Melvin Ming talks about his community in Bermuda
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - H. Melvin Ming describes his paternal relatives' occupations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - H. Melvin Ming talks about his father and maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - H. Melvin Ming describes his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - H. Melvin Ming describes his earliest memories of education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - H. Melvin Ming describes his education on Bermudian history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - H. Melvin Ming talks about race relations in Bermuda
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - H. Melvin Ming describes the smells and sounds of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - H. Melvin Ming describes the traditional architecture in Bermuda
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - H. Melvin Ming describes his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - H. Melvin Ming talks about his brothers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - H. Melvin Ming recalls his early exposure to business
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - H. Melvin Ming recalls his mother's work in Bermuda's realty industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - H. Melvin Ming remembers visiting the United States
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - H. Melvin Ming talks about his early education in Bermuda
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - H. Melvin Ming remembers moving to the United States
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - H. Melvin Ming recalls his decision to study accounting
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - H. Melvin Ming remembers his search for an accounting position
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - H. Melvin Ming recalls being drafted into the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - H. Melvin Ming describes lessons from his time in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - H. Melvin Ming recalls joining the National Association of Black Accountants
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - H. Melvin Ming describes his experiences as an accountant at Lybrand, Ross Brothers and Montgomery
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - H. Melvin Ming recalls his colleagues and clients at Lybrand, Ross Brothers and Montgomery
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - H. Melvin Ming describes his experiences of discrimination at the firm of Coopers and Lybrand
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - H. Melvin Ming talks about his response to discrimination in the workplace
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - H. Melvin Ming describes the qualities of a good accountant
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - H. Melvin Ming recalls opening an branch of Coopers and Lybrand in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - H. Melvin Ming remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - H. Melvin Ming describes his relationship with his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - H. Melvin Ming remembers his college classmate, Bill Cosby
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - H. Melvin Ming recalls his disinterest in fraternities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - H. Melvin Ming remembers working at the National Urban Coalition
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - H. Melvin Ming recalls his tenure at the National Urban Coalition
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - H. Melvin Ming describes his challenges at National Public Radio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - H. Melvin Ming describes his success at National Public Radio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - H. Melvin Ming recalls working at WNET-TV in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - H. Melvin Ming remembers working at WQED Multimedia in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - H. Melvin Ming remembers his transition to the Museum of Television and Radio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - H. Melvin Ming recalls how he came to join the Sesame Workshop
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - H. Melvin Ming describes the initiatives at the Sesame Workshop
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - H. Melvin Ming talks about the educational value of 'Sesame Street'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - H. Melvin Ming talks about the influence of television on children
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - H. Melvin Ming talks about the production of South Africa's 'Takalani Sesame'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - H. Melvin Ming describes the 'Sesame Street' programs in Islamic countries
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - H. Melvin Ming talks about the challenges facing the Sesame Workshop
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - H. Melvin Ming describes the plans for the future of the Sesame Workshop
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - H. Melvin Ming talks about his career plans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - H. Melvin Ming reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - H. Melvin Ming reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - H. Melvin Ming talks about the importance of diversity on 'Sesame Street'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - H. Melvin Ming describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - H. Melvin Ming reflects upon his success
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - H. Melvin Ming describes how he would like to be remembered