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The Honorable Reverend Dr. Floyd Flake

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
U.S. Congressman
Minister

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Salmon, Black-Eyed Peas
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
God has not given me the spirit of fear. But a power and of love and a sound mind.

Birthplace

Born:
1/30/1945
Birth Location:
Houston, Texas

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
U.S. Congressman
Minister

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Salmon, Black-Eyed Peas
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
God has not given me the spirit of fear. But a power and of love and a sound mind.

Birthplace

Born:
1/30/1945
Birth Location:
Houston
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Biography

Reverend Dr. Floyd H. Flake was born on January 30, 1945. He grew up in segregated Houston as one of fifteen children to Robert Flake, Sr. and Rosie Lee Johnson-Flake. Their small two bedroom house lacked running water. Flake was heavily influenced by his parents' strong moral beliefs and by excellent teachers who challenged him.

After high school, Flake attended Wilberforce University, obtaining his B.A. in 1967 and becoming the first member of his family to graduate from college. After graduation, Flake served as a social worker and then as a marketing analyst with Xerox Corporation.

He was recruited to serve as Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Afro-American Center in Boston University. Then in 1976, he was asked to head the Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church (now The Greater Allen Cathedral of New York) in Jamaica, Queens, New York. At the time, the church had 1,400 members. Under Flake's leadership, the church's membership has grown to more than 23,000, complete with a private school, senior citizens center and hundreds of housing units for its members and other community residents. Allen A.M.E. Church has become one of the United States' largest non-profit corporations and the second largest African American employer in New York City.

Flake was elected and served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1986-97, while still leading Allen A.M.E. Church. In Congress, Floyd established a reputation for bi-partisanship. He also led several initiatives to revitalize urban commercial and residential communities. Flake left Congress, in the midst of his sixth term, to devote his time and energy solely to the pastorate of The Greater Allen Cathedral of New York.

In addition to his duties as Senior Pastor of Allen Cathedral, Flake serves as President of Edison Charter Schools and as a member of several prominent organizations including the Fannie Mae Foundation Board, the Brookings Institute, The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and the Princeton Review Foundation.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Floyd Flake interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Floyd Flake tells of his favorite things
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Floyd Flake discusses his mentors and writing of his book 'The Way of the Bootstrapper'
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Floyd Flake talks about his family's ethnic origins
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Floyd Flake talks about his family's Texas roots and his grandparents' religious influence
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Floyd Flake describes his father's character and work ethic
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Floyd Flake describes his mother's character and shortened life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Floyd Flake recalls his earliest memory at age three
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Floyd Flake describes life in his family's new VA home and his early call to preach
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Floyd Flake talks about his mischievous childhood personality and his school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Floyd Flake recalls his childhood and young adulthood in Houston and experiencing segregation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Floyd Flake describes his Southern identity
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Floyd Flake lists the schools he attended throughout his youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Floyd Flake describes his first career choices and discusses his first marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Floyd Flake talks more about his career choices and his divorce
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Floyd Flake discusses the advantages of attending a black college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Floyd Flake recalls his transition from Boston to New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Floyd Flake discusses his decision to go to New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Floyd Flake reflects on the changes made in the church community and discusses his marriages
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Floyd Flake recalls his community urging him to go into politics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Floyd Flake gets recruited to run for Congress
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Floyd Flake details his run for Congress
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Floyd Flake recalls his experiences in Congress
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Floyd Flake discusses lessons learned from his political career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Floyd Flake's dealings with the Congressional Black Caucus
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Floyd Flake discusses his political belief system
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Floyd Flake talks about his accomplishments and the reasons why he left Congress
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Floyd Flake talks about his return to the pulpit and the education system
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Floyd Flake talks about faith-based initiatives
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Floyd Flake discusses his concept of ministry and ways of challenging his fellow pastors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Floyd Flake talks about the black community and the concept of poverty
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Floyd Flake continues to discuss the concept of poverty
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Floyd Flake reflects on the A.M.E. Church tradition and his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Photo - Floyd Flake with the United States Congressional Black Caucus on the steps of the Capitol, Washington, D.C., 1996
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Photo - Floyd Flake with his wife and pastors at the Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church in Fort Washington, Maryland, not dated
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Photo - Display signage of the cover of Floyd Flake's book, "The Way of the Bootstrapper," 1999
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Photo - Portrait of Floyd Flake by Virginia Stewart, Brooklyn, New York, not dated
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Photo - Floyd Flake with his family, not dated
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Photo - Collage of photographs from Floyd Flake's first U.S. Congressional campaign, 1987
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Photo - Illustration of Floyd Flake and members of the U.S. Democratic Congressional Black Caucus, 1995-1996