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The Honorable Sharon Pratt

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/30/1944
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/30/1944
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Former Washington, D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt was born on January 30, 1944 in Washington, D.C. Pratt is the daughter of Mildred Petticord and Carlisle Edward Pratt. Pratt graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1961 and earned her B.S. degree in political science in 1965 from Howard University. Pratt attended Howard University Law School where she earned her J.D. degree in 1968.

Pratt served as in-house counsel for the Joint Center for Political Studies from 1970 to 1971. From 1971 to 1976, she worked as an associate for the law firm Pratt & Queen PC. In 1972, Pratt became a law professor at the Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C., and worked there until 1976 when she became the Associate General Counsel for the Potomac Electric Power Company, known as PEPCO. In 1982, Pratt directed the failed mayoral campaign for Patricia Robert Harris. That same year, Pratt married Arrington Dixon, a Democratic Washington, D.C. City Councilman. Pratt was promoted to the Director of Consumer Affairs for the Potomac Electric Power Company in 1979 and then later to Vice President of Consumer Affairs in 1983. In 1988, Pratt announced that she would challenge Mayor Marion Barry in the 1990 mayoral election in Washington, D.C. Pratt was elected Mayor of Washington D.C., the first African American female to hold this position. In 1994, she lost her bid for re-election as mayor to Marion Barry. From 1997 to 2001, Pratt served as the President of @ The Center, a start-up electrical marketplace for Africa. In 2002, Pratt began Pratt Consulting, working with companies and governments developing Homeland Security/Emergency Management Plans. She is also the Executive Vice President for BI Solutions.

Pratt’s past and present board memberships include: the Center For Creative Leadership, the Democratic National Convention, Society for PSP, Emmitsburg St. Mary’s College Board, Opportunity Funding Corporation and a trustee at Howard University. Pratt is also the recipient of the Presidential Award from the NAACP, Glamour magazine’s Woman of the Year Award, the Congressional Black Caucus’ Mary McCleod Bethune-W.E. Dubois Award and the Clean Cities Award.

Pratt is divorced, has two children, Aimee A. Dixon and Drew Willliams, and is also a grandmother.

Pratt was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 26, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt describes her maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt describes her paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about her parents' jobs during World War II and her mother's death from breast cancer
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt recalls the day she and her sister were told of their mother's death
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt describes her childhood neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about her father's decision to study law
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about segregation in Washington, D.C. during the 1940s and 1950s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about prominent African American lawyers in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt describes her parents' relationship and her mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about her early educational experiences and prominent black women in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about prominent African Americans in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt describes transitioning from Lucretia Mott School to Rudolph Elementary School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about students and teachers at Rudolph Elementary School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt describes her experience at MacFarland Junior High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about Washington, D.C.'s Petworth neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt describes her father's sixteenth birthday present to her
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about her exposure to African American art and history in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about Roosevelt High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about social relations within Washington, D.C.'s African American community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about her family background and the practice of "passing" as white
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about her extracurricular activities at Washington, D.C.'s Roosevelt High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt describes a high school mentor and her decision to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt recalls her first year at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt describes debating Stokely Carmichael at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about campus activism at Howard University during the early 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about being a member of the black middle class
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about the debutante balls and the black middle class
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt recalls hearing Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt describes meeting Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt recalls the response to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt describes a class with Toni Morrison at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about her extracurricular activities at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt describes pledging for sororities at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt describes participating in the 1963 March on Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt recalls President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about the influence of Toni Morrison and Patricia Roberts Harris
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about her decision to attend Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about the Home Rule Movement in Washington, D.C. during the late 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about the 1968 campaign for the Washington, D.C. School Board
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about her experience at Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about sexual harassment and discrimination at Howard University School of Law during the late 1960s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about the influence of the Women's Movement on Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about political activism at Howard University School of Law during the late 1960s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about the Vietnam War and the Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt describes working for her father after law school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about the birth of her two daughters
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt recalls the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 1968 Washington, D.C. riots
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about the growth of Black Power activism in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C., pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C., pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about Washington, D.C. elections in 1974
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about serving as representative to the Democratic National Committee
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt recalls the 1978 Washington, D.C. mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt describes teaching at Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt recalls working at Potomac Electric Power Company in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about Washington, D.C. politics during the 1970s and 1980s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about Patricia Robert Harris' decision to enter the Washington, D.C. mayoral race in 1982
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt describes HistoryMaker Marion Barry's political style
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt recalls the 1982 campaign for mayor of Washington, D.C. between Patricia Roberts Harris and HistoryMaker Marion Barry
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about Washington, D.C. in the 1970s and 1980s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about her decision to run for mayor of Washington, D.C. in 1988
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about her campaign for Mayor of Washington, D.C. in 1990
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt talks about the arrest of HistoryMaker Marion Barry in 1990
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - The Honorable Sharon Pratt recalls winning the 1990 Democratic primary for Mayor of Washington, D.C.