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The Honorable Rickey Hendon

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Senator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Peas (Black-Eyed)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Puerto Rico
Favorite Quote:
The Struggle Continues.

Birthplace

Born:
12/8/1953
Birth Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Senator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Peas (Black-Eyed)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Puerto Rico
Favorite Quote:
The Struggle Continues.

Birthplace

Born:
12/8/1953
Birth Location:
Cleveland
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Biography

Rickey Hendon was born on December 8, 1953 in Cleveland, Ohio. At a young age, he moved with his family to Chicago, Illinois, where he attended grade school. While in high school, Hendon and his family moved again to Detroit, Michigan, where he graduated from Northwestern High School. With an interest in theatre and broadcasting, Hendon enrolled in the Omega School of Communications where he earned a FCC license, leading to an eight-year career in radio broadcasting.

In 1987, Hendon was appointed by Mayor Harold Washington to serve as a Committeeman for the 27th Ward and was elected to that position the following year. Meanwhile, he was also appointed by Cook County Board President George Dunne to Secretary-Treasurer of the Cook County Forest Preserves.

Shortly after being elected Alderman of the 27th Ward, Hendon was elected to the Illinois Senate, where he served as the Senate Minority Spokesperson of the State Government Operations Committee as well as a member of the Committees on Appropriations and Insurance & Pensions. In January 1997, he was elected Senate Chairperson of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus.

Hendon and his wife, Dawn, are the parents of five children. He is a member of Operation PUSH and the NAACP.

Hendon was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 24, 2001.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Rickey Hendon's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Rickey Hendon lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Rickey Hendon talks about his mother, Olivia Hendon
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Rickey Hendon talks about his grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Rickey Hendon describes his father and his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Rickey Hendon shares memories from his family's move to Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Rickey Hendon recalls his first experience with racism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Rickey Hendon talks about the first time he saw cotton
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Rickey Hendon describes his family's move to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Rickey Hendon talks about trying to protect an influential teacher's store from rioters in Chicago
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Rickey Hendon describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Rickey Hendon talks about his grade school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Rickey Hendon talks about his mother's dreams
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Rickey Hendon talks about discovering girls in grade school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Rickey Hendon talks about growing up on Chicago's West Side
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Rickey Hendon talks about his interactions with gangs in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Rickey Hendon talks about joining the Black Nationalist Movement in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Rickey Hendon talks about fighting with gangs in his neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Rickey Hendon explains why he did not join the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Rickey Hendon talks about influential figures during his teenaged years like Brother Hannibal Afrik
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Rickey Hendon describes the black cultural nationalist movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Rickey Hendon describes the gift of intuition he shared with his mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Rickey Hendon explains his family's move to Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Rickey Hendon talks about his stepfather, Robert Larkin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Rickey Hendon talks about how he decided to join the faction of the Black Panther Party led by Eldridge Cleaver
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Rickey Hendon describes divisions within the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Rickey Hendon talks about his high school experiences as a militant at Northwestern High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Rickey Hendon remembers writing militant poetry in high school and progressive black artists like Gil Scott Heron, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, and The Last Guys
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Rickey Hendon describes studying broadcasting at the Omega School of Communications
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Rickey Hendon recalls his early years in radio broadcasting and television which took him to Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Rickey Hendon describes his return to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Rickey Hendon talks about his entry into Chicago politics after the incarceration of Wallace Davis
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Rickey Hendon outlines his political career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Rickey Hendon describes lessons he learned as a ward committeeman and as a Chicago alderman
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Rickey Hendon talks about his decision to run for the Illinois General Assembly
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Rickey Hendon describes his early days in the Illinois General Assembly
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Rickey Hendon explains the role of the legislators in the Illinois State Senate
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Rickey Hendon talks about influential African American senators in the Illinois State Assembly including Senator Kenneth Hall
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Rickey Hendon talks about financial corruption in the Illinois General Assembly
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Rickey Hendon shares advice for young black
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Rickey Hendon talks about what he hopes to accomplish as an Illinois State Senator
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Rickey Hendon talks about reforms needed in the criminal justice system
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Rickey Hendon reflects upon his legacy