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The Honorable Larry Bullock

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish, Cornbread, Pie (Blackberry)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Canada, Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Without faith, it is impossible to please God.

Birthplace

Born:
4/14/1946
Birth Location:
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish, Cornbread, Pie (Blackberry)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Canada, Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Without faith, it is impossible to please God.

Birthplace

Born:
4/14/1946
Birth Location:
Winston-Salem
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Biography

Senator and former state representative Rev. Larry S. Bullock was born on April 14, 1946 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Bullock was the first African American student to be admitted to Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, where he graduated with his B.S. degree in political science. In 1969, he moved to Chicago, enrolled at Roosevelt University, and received his M.P.A. degree. After graduating from Roosevelt University in 1973, Bullock taught school in Evanston, Illinois. He also became active in Operation PUSH, finding a mentor in the Rev. Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr.

Bullock’s experience working with PUSH eventually led him into politics. He ran for Representative of Chicago’s 2nd Ward, but lost to incumbent William Barnett. Two years later, Bullock ran again and was defeated; however, Bullock prepared to run again and in 1978, he was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives. While in the state legislature, Bullock served on the Appropriations Committee as well as the Banking, Revenue and Labor committees. He sponsored legislation for the expansion of McCormick Place and chaired the House Governmental Operations Committee. He was also Chairman of the first Black Illinois Domestic Summit Conference.

Bullock served a total of four terms in the House. He ran for Congress in 1986 but lost to U.S. Congressman Charles B. Hayes.

Bullock later became an ordained minister at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, and then founded and served as senior pastor of the Living Faith Cathedral Worship Church. He also worked as national manager of strategic relationships for Stewart Title Company and hosted two radio shows on WYLL-AM: “The Faith Factor: Jew and Christian In Dialogue” and “Real Estate Made Easy.” Bullock is also owner and president of April Cobra Enterprises, Inc., a construction management, general contracting and real estate development firm.

Bullock serves as president of the Roosevelt University Alumni Association and is a member of the Roosevelt University Board of Trustees. He is also founder and president of the U.S. Minority Contractors Association, and chairman of Heartland Energy Technology. His honors include the National Association of Real Estate Brokers’ Presidential Award and the 2006-2007 SuccessGuide Worldwide magazine “Top Achievers” award.

Bullock is married to Dr. Gloria E. Bullock. He has two children and five grandsons.

Larry S. Bullock was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 20, 2000.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Larry Bullock lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Larry Bullock talks about his parents and his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Larry Bullock describes his mother, Anna Potea, and her strong support for him
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Larry Bullock describes his memories of his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Larry Bullock talks about his father, Edward Bullock, and his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Larry Bullock talks about how family, church, and athletics taught him responsibility and leadership
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Larry Bullock describes his integration of Mount Airy High School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Larry Bullock talks about how a negative experience at Catawba College influenced his decision to enter politics
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Larry Bullock talks about working on Earl Ruth's U.S. Congressional campaign in college
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Larry Bullock describes his involvement with state politics in Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Larry Bullock reflects upon his political career in Illinois and the media's distrust of politicians
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Larry Bullock talks about the impact of the press on public servants and public cynicism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Larry Bullock talks about his desire to protect his family from the public eye
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Larry Bullock describes his integration of Mount Airy High School and facing hostility as a black athlete
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Larry Bullock talks about his decision to attend Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Larry Bullock talks about his experience as the first African American at Catawba College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Larry Bullock describes the influence of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1968 assassination on his interest in politics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Larry Bullock remembers being the first African American to graduate from Catawba College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Larry Bullock describes how he joined The Civil Rights Movement by working with working with Reverends Jesse Jackson Sr. and Willie Barrow at Operation PUSH
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Larry Bullock reflects on his life post-politics as an A.M.E. minister and a construction business owner
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Larry Bullock talks about entering the ministry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Larry Bullock describes how Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. taught him how to use his education to better the black community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Larry Bullock talks about running for political office
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Larry Bullock describes his decision to run for the Illinois House of Representatives
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Larry Bullock talks about running for a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Larry Bullock talks about his relationship with Illinois State Representative Corneal Davis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Larry Bullock defends the legacy of Illinois State Representative Corneal Davis as a staunch advocate for civil rights
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Larry Bullock reflects on his greatest achievements as an Illinois House Representative from 1978 to 1986
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Larry Bullock talks about the strength of the Illinois Black Caucus during his tenure in the Illinois House of Representatives
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Larry Bullock describes how the election of Mayor Harold Washington influenced the African American agenda
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Larry Bullock talks about unfinished business in politics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Larry Bullock describes his conviction for mail fraud
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Larry Bullock talks about his incarceration and overcoming his anger
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Larry Bullock describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Larry Bullock laments the black electorate's lack of appreciation for state government
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Larry Bullock talks about Roland Burris, the first African American State Comptroller
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Larry Bullock talks about political success and the importance of the federal government
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Larry Bullock describes African American gains in political representation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Larry Bullock talks about the need for African American mentors in politics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Larry Bullock reflects upon his legacy