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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Activist
African American Studies Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Grape Leaves
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Havana, Cuba; South Africa
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/25/1942
Birth Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Activist
African American Studies Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Grape Leaves
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Havana, Cuba; South Africa
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/25/1942
Birth Location:
Cleveland
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Biography

Distinguished professor and international activist Harold Rogers was born on December 25, 1942, in Cleveland. He attended John Adams High School in Cleveland before completing a B.A. at Kent State University in 1967. Rogers went on to study at the University of Chicago and earned his M.A. in 1973.

Rogers began his career in education at Antioch College, where he taught in the early 1970s. In 1973, he joined the faculty of the City Colleges of Chicago, where he has served as the chairman of the African American Studies Department for Olive-Harvey College since 1980.

Throughout his life, Rogers has been active politically. He served as a labor adviser for the state of Illinois for a number of years. And from 1987 to 1992, he worked as the district administrator for Congressman Charles Hayes. Rogers has been involved as well in numerous progressive organizations such as the Black Panther Party, the NAACP and Operation PUSH. He has served as an executive board member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists since 1975.

Rogers’ political career has been international in scope. From 1972 to 1993, he was the Chicago spokesperson for the African National Congress of South Africa. He was also instrumental in bringing Nelson Mandela to Chicago in 1993 and helped raise funds for Mandela’s election the following April. Rogers participated in the U.S. delegation to South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.

His areas of expertise include global trade and economics, multiculturalism in education, African history and African American history. Rogers is a much sought-after speaker and participant in international conferences, congressional panels and university symposia. In addition, he is a collector of traditional African art.

Recognized nationally for his gifts as an educator, Rogers has been president of Black Faculty in Higher Education since 1980, a member of President Bill Clinton’s Committee on Higher Education, and a National Advisory Board member for the W.E.B. Du Bois Foundation since 1990. He presided over the African American Studies Program that conducts educational trips to Africa and Cuba since its inception in 1980. He has also served on numerous boards including the Jazz Institute of Chicago and The Vivian G. Harsh Collections. Rogers received an honorary degree from Oxford University in 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Harold Rogers's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Harold Rogers lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Harold Rogers describes his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Harold Rogers describes his father's occupation and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Harold Rogers describes his mother's occupation and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Harold Rogers describes how his mother motivated him to get an education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Harold Rogers describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Harold Rogers describes how he avoided the Vietnam War draft in 1960
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Harold Rogers describes his experience with SNCC in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Harold Rogers describes joining the Peace Corps
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Harold Rogers describes his experience of racism in childhood and college
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Harold Rogers describes his disrespect for authority in high school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Harold Rogers describes his experience in the Peace Corps, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Harold Rogers describes his experience in the Peace Corps, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Harold Rogers describes returning from the Peace Corps and his experience with the SCLC in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Harold Rogers describes how his scar resulted from crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday in 1965
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Harold Rogers describes his experience crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the Selma to Montgomery marches in March of 1965
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Harold Rogers talks about joining the Black Panther Party in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Harold Rogers describes his experience meeting Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Harold Rogers describes his experience with the Black Panther Party in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Harold Rogers describes the relationship between the Chicago Black Panther Party and the gangs in 1968
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Harold Rogers talks about the assassination of Chicago Black Panthers Fred Hampton and Mark Clark in 1969
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Harold Rogers reflects on the positive image of the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Harold Rogers describes becoming disillusioned with the Black Panther Party and relocating to Tanzania in 1971
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Harold Rogers describes his involvement in Tanzania with the African National Congress and other African liberation movements
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Harold Rogers describes his experience as spokesman for the African National Congress in the United States
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Harold Rogers describes his experience in Egypt in 1972 and 1973
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Harold Rogers describes his experience teaching at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Harold Rogers describes his experience as chairman of the Department of African American Studies at Olive-Harvey College in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Harold Rogers talks about the decline in youth activism from the 1960s and 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Harold Rogers talks about teaching African American history to his students
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Harold Rogers describes his experience in the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Harold Rogers talks about his organizational involvement with Black Faculty in Higher Education and the African American Studies Program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Harold Rogers talks about his experience with Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, HistoryMaker Congressman Charles Hayes, and Illinois Governor Dan Walker
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Harold Rogers describes the role of the African National Congress in ending apartheid in South Africa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Harold Rogers describes Nelson Mandela's eleven city U.S. tour in 1990
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Harold Rogers describes Nelson Mandela's personality and his 1993 fundraising trip to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Harold Rogers reflects on Nelson Mandela's resolve and a later visit to the United States
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Harold Rogers describes South African President Thabo Mbecki
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Harold Rogers describes his experience with the administration of City Colleges of Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Harold Rogers reflects on the progress South Africa has made since the end of apartheid
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Harold Rogers shares his thoughts on Mali, Timbuktu, and Brazil
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Harold Rogers describes his experience of racial progress in Cuba
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Harold Rogers describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Harold Rogers reflects upon his legacy and how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Harold Rogers narrates his photographs