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The Honorable Richard Hatcher

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Law Professor
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Catfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
No One Will Save Us But Us.

Birthplace

Born:
7/10/1933
Birth Location:
Michigan City, Indiana

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Law Professor
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Catfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
No One Will Save Us But Us.

Birthplace

Born:
7/10/1933
Birth Location:
Michigan City
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Biography

Successful politician, social servant and educator Richard Gordon Hatcher was born on July 10, 1933, in Michigan City, Indiana. He received a B.S. degree in business and government from Indiana University in 1956, and a bachelor of law with honors in criminal law and a J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1959.

After moving to Gary, Indiana, Hatcher began practicing law in East Chicago, Indiana. In 1961, he began serving as a deputy prosecutor for Lake County, Indiana, until he was elected to Gary's City Council in 1963. He was the first and only freshman elected president of the City Council in Gary's history. When he was elected as mayor of Gary in 1967, Hatcher was the first African American mayor of a major U.S. city. He remained in office for an unprecedented five terms, until 1987, when he was defeated in a bid for a sixth term. During his twenty years as mayor, Hatcher was known for developing innovative approaches to urban problems and for being a national and international spokesman for civil rights, minorities, the poor and America's cities.

In 1988, Hatcher started his own consulting firm, R. Gordon Hatcher & Associates. From 1988 to 1989, he worked as an Institute of Politics fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School. He also began teaching political science at Roosevelt University in 1989 and then at Valparaiso University, where he is a senior research professor, in 1991. In the summer of 1996, Hatcher taught a law course at Cambridge University in England, and since 1989 he has worked as an adjunct professor at Indiana University. As a long time friend and advisor to the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Hatcher also played a leading role in Jackson's bids for the presidency as campaign chairman in 1984 and an adviser in 1988. Hatcher has authored numerous articles about urban affairs, civil rights, politics and law and has been working on a book. Hatcher has many affiliations and memberships with various civic, urban, political and civil rights organizations and has received a myriad of awards and honors for his lifetime of dedication to his community.






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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Richard Hatcher's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Richard Hatcher lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Richard Hatcher describes his father's migration from Lizella, Georgia to Michigan City, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Richard Hatcher describes his father's occupations in Michigan City, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Richard Hatcher describes enrolling at Indiana University in Bloomington
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Richard Hatcher describes his experience at Indiana University in Bloomington
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Richard Hatcher describes getting expelled from Indiana University in Bloomington
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Richard Hatcher describes returning to Indiana University in Bloomington to complete his undergraduate education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Richard Hatcher describes his experience at Valparaiso University Law School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Richard Hatcher describes his siblings who did not survive childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Richard Hatcher describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Richard Hatcher describes how his parents provided for his family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Richard Hatcher describes his childhood in Michigan City, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Richard Hatcher describes his brothers and brother-in-law
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Richard Hatcher describes his experience as a dishwasher in Michigan City, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Richard Hatcher describes his civil rights protests in Michigan City, Indiana and Bloomington, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Richard Hatcher describes the civil rights progress he witnessed in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Richard Hatcher describes civil rights activists he knew in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Richard Hatcher describes his father's influence on his civil rights activism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Richard Hatcher describes his childhood mentor, Charles Westcott
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Richard Hatcher describes aspiring to be like his father
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Richard Hatcher describes his father's learning to read and write at the age of 80
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Richard Hatcher talks about his experience with segregation in junior high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Richard Hatcher talks about the persistence of segregation in the United States
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Richard Hatcher describes his experience at Isaac C. Elston Senior High School in Michigan City, Indiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Richard Hatcher describes his experiences with racism on his high school athletic teams
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Richard Hatcher describes his educational experience in mostly white schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Richard Hatcher describes his aspiration to become a lawyer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Richard Hatcher describes his mentor at Valparaiso University Law School, Dr. Burton Wechsler
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Richard Hatcher describes his first job as a lawyer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Richard Hatcher describes organizing the group Muigwithania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Richard Hatcher talks about his election to City Council in Gary, Indiana in 1963
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Richard Hatcher talks about his experience as councilman-at-large for the City of Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Richard Hatcher talks about advising Chicago Mayor Harold Washington's campaign on the problems he faced as mayor of Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Richard Hatcher describes winning the Democratic primary for Mayor of the City of Gary, Indiana in 1967
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Richard Hatcher talks about supporting Carl Stokes in his 1965 campaign for mayor of Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Richard Hatcher describes losing the support of Democratic County Chairman John Krupa during his 1967 election, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Richard Hatcher describes losing the support of Democratic County Chairman John Krupa during his 1967 election, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Richard Hatcher describes raising money for his 1967 mayoral campaign, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Richard Hatcher describes raising money for his 1967 mayoral campaign, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Richard Hatcher describes voter fraud during his campaign for the mayor of Gary, Indiana in 1967
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Richard Hatcher describes his unsuccessful campaign for Justice of the Peace in Michigan City, Indiana in 1958
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Richard Hatcher describes his legal case against voter fraud during his campaign for the mayor of Gary, Indiana in 1967
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Richard Hatcher describes the day of his election as mayor of Gary, Indiana in 1967
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Richard Hatcher describes his relationship with Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Richard Hatcher describes the differences in demographics between Gary, Indiana and Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Richard Hatcher describes the night of his election as mayor of Gary, Indiana in 1967
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Richard Hatcher describes the national support he experienced as mayor of Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Richard Hatcher describes the effects of white flight on Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Richard Hatcher describes the changing environment for black political candidates
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Richard Hatcher describes the changing political mentality of the African American population in Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Richard Hatcher describes his ambivalent feelings about HistoryMaker Andrew Young
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Richard Hatcher describes his mixed feelings for black politicians who compromise
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Richard Hatcher talks about the need for black leaders to establish unified goals
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Richard Hatcher talks about the need for an African American United States President
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Richard Hatcher describes the 1984 presidential campaign of HistoryMaker Reverend Jesse Jackson
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Richard Hatcher describes the 1988 presidential campaign of HistoryMaker Reverend Jesse Jackson
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Richard Hatcher describes the chances of HistoryMaker Colin Powell becoming the first African American U.S. President
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Richard Hatcher talks about the African American politicians he would vote for if they ran for U.S. President
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Richard Hatcher talks about police brutality and racial profiling after September 11th
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Richard Hatcher describes his ambition to run for state or national office
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Richard Hatcher describes why he has never campaigned for a state or national office
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Richard Hatcher reflects upon the legacy of black mayors in the United States, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Richard Hatcher reflects upon the legacy of black mayors in the United States, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Richard Hatcher describes his current passions
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Richard Hatcher reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Richard Hatcher narrates his photographs