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Hilary Shelton

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Crepes (Fruit)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
There's Nothing You Can't Get Done If You're Willing To Let Someone Else Get Credit For It.

Birthplace

Born:
8/12/1958
Birth Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Crepes (Fruit)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
There's Nothing You Can't Get Done If You're Willing To Let Someone Else Get Credit For It.

Birthplace

Born:
8/12/1958
Birth Location:
St. Louis
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Biography

NAACP lobbyist and policymaker Hilary Otis Shelton was born on August 12, 1958, in St. Louis, Missouri. Shelton received his B.A. degree in political science from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and went on to attain his M.A. degree in communications from the University of Missouri in St. Louis.

Shelton first worked as the federal program policy director for the United Methodist Church’s social justice agency, The General Board of Church and Society. There, he worked on the church’s public policy agenda, particularly on issues pertaining to black colleges and universities. He was highly involved in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, and also advocated for several other important acts including the Violence Against Women Act. A champion of causes affecting the African American community, Shelton then went on to serve in the position of federal liaison/assistant director to the government affairs department of The College Fund/UNCF, also known as The United Negro College Fund, in Washington, D.C. There, Shelton worked with federal government agencies and departments, as well as colleges and universities to secure the survival, growth, and educational programming excellence of the forty private historically black colleges and universities throughout the United States.

From there, Shelton moved on to the NAACP’s Washington bureau, where he handles federal and legislative affairs as well as public policy concerns for the organization’s Washington, D.C., office. Shelton serves on a number of national boards of directors including The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, The Center for Democratic Renewal, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute among many others. Shelton has been honored numerous times for his work. He was the recipient of the National NAACP Medgar W. Evers Award for Excellence, the highest honor bestowed upon a national professional staff member of the NAACP; the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s Excellence in Advocacy Award; and the Religious Action Center’s Civil Rights Leadership Award in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Shelton lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Paula Young Shelton, and their three sons, Caleb Wesley, Aaron Joshua, and Noah Otis Young Shelton.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Hilary Shelton's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Hilary Shelton lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Hilary Shelton describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Hilary Shelton remembers the attacks on his maternal family in Gore Springs, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Hilary Shelton describes the African American community in Gore Springs, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Hilary Shelton talks about his maternal grandparents' land
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Hilary Shelton describes his parents' courtship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Hilary Shelton describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Hilary Shelton describes his father's education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Hilary Shelton talks about his parents' marriage and move to St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Hilary Shelton describes his father's career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Hilary Shelton describes the personalities of his parents and grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Hilary Shelton describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Hilary Shelton remembers his household in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Hilary Shelton describes the North City neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Hilary Shelton describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Hilary Shelton recalls the prevalence of crime in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Hilary Shelton talks about the '20/20' investigation of segregation in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Hilary Shelton describes his experiences of racial discrimination in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Hilary Shelton remembers the gang violence in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Hilary Shelton remembers the faculty of the Harrison School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Hilary Shelton talks about his parents' interest in politics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Hilary Shelton recalls his introduction to the NAACP at the Antioch Baptist Church in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Hilary Shelton recalls the civil rights leadership of St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Hilary Shelton describes his experiences at the Humboldt School in St. Louis, Missouri, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Hilary Shelton describes his experiences at the Humboldt School in St. Louis, Missouri, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Hilary Shelton describes his experiences at Beaumont High School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Hilary Shelton remembers the band at Beaumont High School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Hilary Shelton recalls the music of his youth
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Hilary Shelton remembers the Black Student Union at Beaumont High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Hilary Shelton recalls the films and television shows of his childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Hilary Shelton recalls the films and television shows of his childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Hilary Shelton describes his involvement with the NAACP Youth Council
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Hilary Shelton talks about Clarence Thomas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Hilary Shelton describes his early aspirations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Slating of Hilary Shelton's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Hilary Shelton recalls his influences at Beaumont High School in St. Louis, Miss
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Hilary Shelton talks about the demographics of St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Hilary Shelton describes his early involvement in civil rights activities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Hilary Shelton remembers meeting Frankie Freeman
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Hilary Shelton describes the activities of the Black Student Union at Beaumont High School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Hilary Shelton recalls his decision to attend Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Hilary Shelton describes his involvement with the American Indian Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Hilary Shelton talks about his experiences at Howard University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Hilary Shelton recalls the notable speakers at Howard University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Hilary Shelton describes his work at Greater Boston Legal Aid, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Hilary Shelton describes his work at Greater Boston Legal Aid, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Hilary Shelton remembers the United States Student Association
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Hilary Shelton describes his forensics professor at the University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Hilary Shelton talks about the administration of President Ronald Reagan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Hilary Shelton talks about the administration of President James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Hilary Shelton describes his master's thesis on the Iran Contra Affair
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Hilary Shelton remembers lobbying the University of Missouri to divest from South Africa
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Hilary Shelton describes how he came to join the Washington Office on Africa
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Hilary Shelton describes his work with the Washington Office on Africa, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Hilary Shelton describes his work with the Washington Office on Africa, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Hilary Shelton talks about the Civil Rights Act of 1991
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Hilary Shelton recalls the appointment of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Hilary Shelton recalls his experiences at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Hilary Shelton recalls his experiences at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Hilary Shelton remembers the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1991
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Hilary Shelton describes his position at the United Negro College Fund
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Hilary Shelton describes how he came to head the NAACP Washington Bureau
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Hilary Shelton remembers the Million Man March
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Hilary Shelton describes the history of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Hilary Shelton describes his work at the NAACP Washington Bureau
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Hilary Shelton talks about racial profiling, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Hilary Shelton talks about racial profiling, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Hilary Shelton reflects upon President Barack Obama's administration, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Hilary Shelton reflects upon President Barack Obama's administration, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Hilary Shelton describes the NAACP's current lobbying activities, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Hilary Shelton describes the NAACP's current lobbying activities, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Hilary Shelton reflects upon the racism in the United States today
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Hilary Shelton describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Hilary Shelton reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Hilary Shelton reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Hilary Shelton talks about his family
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Hilary Shelton talks about the influence of his grandfathers and uncles
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Hilary Shelton describes how he would like to be remembered