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The Honorable Walter C. Carrington

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer
Foreign Ambassador

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Jollof Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
The Fault, Dear Brutus, Is Not In Our Stars, But In Ourselves.

Birthplace

Born:
7/24/1930
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer
Foreign Ambassador

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Jollof Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
The Fault, Dear Brutus, Is Not In Our Stars, But In Ourselves.

Birthplace

Born:
7/24/1930
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Ambassador Walter Charles Carrington was born on July 24, 1930, in New York City to Marjorie Irene Hayes and Walter R. Carrington, an immigrant from Barbados. Raised in a predominately Italian-Irish community, Carrington attended Hancock School and Hale School in Everett, Massachusetts. Carrington was elected vice president of his class throughout his four years at the predominantly white Parlin Junior High and Everett High School. Graduating in 1948, Carrington became one of four black students at Harvard University; there, he founded the first Harvard chapter of the NAACP. Attending the NAACP National Convention in 1950, Carrington met Clarence Mitchell and Thurgood Marshall. In 1952, Carrington was elected the NAACP Youth Council delegate to Senegal, French West Africa. That same year, Carrington graduated from Harvard University, and as Alpha Phi Alpha Big Brother, met Martin Luther King, Jr., then at Boston University. He attended the 1954 World Assembly of Youth in Singapore and met Indian activist Vinoba Bhave. Carrington was also vice chair of Students for Stevenson. Entering the United States Army in 1955, Carrington served as a clerk typist in Germany; after the service, he enrolled in Harvard Law School, earning his J.D. degree in 1958.

At age 27, Carrington was appointed commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination; after a year, he entered into practice with the law firm of Naples, Carrington and Ruland. Carrington organized for John F. Kennedy in 1960 and from 1961 to 1971 served in the Peace Corps, eventually becoming the Peace Corps director of Africa. Carrington then served as executive vice president of the African American Institute from 1971 to 1979 and was also a member of Africare. In 1980, Carrington served President Jimmy Carter as Ambassador to Senegal. In 1981, Carrington was named director of the Department of International Affairs at Howard University. He also taught at Marquette University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Washington College and from 1990 to 1991 acted as a consultant at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

In 1993, President Clinton appointed Carrington Ambassador to Nigeria where he opposed the abuses of President Sani Abacha. From 1997 to 1998, and again in 1999, Carrington worked as a fellow of Harvard University’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute. He was also a MacArthur Fellow in 1998. In 2004, Carrington was named the first African American Warburg Professor of International Relations at Simmons College in Boston.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington remembers his Nigerian relatives
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls his father's civil rights activism
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls his neighborhood in Everett, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls the Hancock School in Everett, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington describes his early personality
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Walter C. Carrington describes his early experiences of discrimination
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls the news media of his childhood
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls the music of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington describes his social life at Everett High School in Everett, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls applying to Harvard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls religious discrimination in Everett, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Walter C. Carrington recalls racial discrimination in Everett, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington remembers founding Harvard University's NAACP chapter
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington remembers his first trip to Senegal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls his early interest in foreign affairs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington remembers Clarence Clyde Ferguson, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls his U.S. Army service, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls his activism at Harvard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls his acquaintance with African American leaders
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington remembers Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington reflects upon his NAACP involvement at Harvard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington remembers Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls his U.S. Army service, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington describes his Harvard Law School professors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls his friends in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington remembers meeting Nina Simone for the first time
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls his appointment to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls his start with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls the discrimination suit against the Boston Red Sox
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington describes the integration of the Boston Red Sox
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington remembers his law practice in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls his political activities in Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington remembers joining the Peace Corps leadership
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington talks about the African independence movements
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington describes his work for the Peace Corps
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls the returned Peace Corps volunteers' Vietnam War protest, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls the returned Peace Corps volunteers' Vietnam War protest, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls debating Malcolm X at the Harvard Law School Forum, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls his debate with Malcolm X at the Harvard Law School Forum, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington talks about the United States' involvement in Africa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls joining The African-American Institute
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls his U.S. ambassadorship to Senegal
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls the end of his U.S. ambassadorship to Senegal
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington remembers his teaching career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington remembers his travels to South Africa
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls Nelson Mandela's release from prison
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls his policy work for President Bill Clinton
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington talks about President Bill Clinton's cabinet selection
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls his U.S. ambassadorship to Nigeria
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington remembers his farewell party in Nigeria
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls the apologists for Sani Abacha, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington remembers Carol Moseley Braun's trip to Nigeria, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls the apologists for Sani Abacha, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls the Congressional Black Caucus' position on Sani Abacha
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington describes the founding of Walter Carrington Crescent in Nigeria
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington remembers visiting Moshood Abiola in prison
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington reflects upon his U.S. ambassadorship to Nigeria
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington describes his teaching fellowships
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 11 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls meeting his wife, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls Nina Simone's visit to Nigeria
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington recalls meeting his wife, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - The Honorable Walter Carrington reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington talks about the Ransome-Kuti brothers
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington remembers the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - The Honorable Walter C. Carrington narrates his photographs