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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Mangoes
Favorite Time of Year:
February in Miami
Favorite Vacation Spot:
I love the mountains and sea, urban and rural./New York City
Favorite Quote:
Too many to choose from.

Birthplace

Born:
2/16/1957
Birth Location:
Miami Beach , Florida

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Mangoes
Favorite Time of Year:
February in Miami
Favorite Vacation Spot:
I love the mountains and sea, urban and rural./New York City
Favorite Quote:
Too many to choose from.

Birthplace

Born:
2/16/1957
Birth Location:
Miami Beach
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Biography

Political leader Willie Logan was born on February 16, 1957 in Miami Beach, Florida to Willie Logan, Sr. and Ruth Logan. He graduated from high school in 1975, earned his A.A. degree from Miami-Dade College in Miami, Florida in 1976, and his B.S. degree in accounting from the University of Miami in 1977. He later earned his M.B.A. degree in health care administration from the University of Miami in 1996.

Logan worked in the insurance industry and volunteered for various political campaigns. In 1980, Logan founded the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation and became its president and chief executive officer. He was elected as mayor of Opa-locka, Florida, making him the youngest mayor in the United States at the time. Logan served as mayor of Opa-locka until 1982, when he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives. In 1997, Logan was designated by Democratic Party leadership to be the next House Speaker and became the first African American to hold that position. Logan founded the Logan Consulting Group in 1992. In 2000, Logan ran for United States Senate as an independent candidate but ultimately lost the election. He continued to serve as president and chief executive officer of Opa-locka Community Development Corporation.

In the Florida legislature, Logan chaired numerous committees, including the Criminal Justice Budget Committee and the Committee on Finance and Taxation. He served as House Democratic Leader-elect in 1997. He was also a member of the Appropriations and Rules Committees and was the immediate past chair of the Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation, the Legislature’s largest delegation.

Logan has been invited as a featured speaker on the subject of community development, including the Future of Places International Conference on Streets as Public Spaces and Drivers of Urban Prosperity in Argentina and the Project for Public Spaces Conference on Public Markets in Spain. He has also published a chapter entitled, “Revitalization & Transforming the Community,” in the book Shifting from Objects to Places. Logan also served on the Child Service Council and the Performing Arts Council in the Miami-Dade area.

Willie Logan was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 8, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Willie Logan describes his mother's family background
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Willie Logan talks about his maternal grandfather's military service during World War I
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Willie Logan describes his father's family background
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Willie Logan recalls how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Willie Logan talks about his early experiences with racism
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - The Honorable Willie Logan talks about his mother's decision to move to Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Willie Logan describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Willie Logan talks about his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Willie Logan recalls the racial demographics of Miami-Dade County, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Willie Logan describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Willie Logan remembers the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Willie Logan recalls his early schooling
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Willie Logan recalls his school's use of corporal punishment
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Willie Logan describes his mother's views on corporal punishment
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Willie Logan remembers school integration in Miami-Dade County, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Willie Logan recalls his experiences with school integration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Willie Logan remembers playing football in his youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Willie Logan recalls leaving high school early
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Willie Logan remembers his decision to attend Miami-Dade Community College in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Willie Logan remembers his most influential teachers
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Willie Logan recalls his decision to attend the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Willie Logan remembers his extracurricular activities in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Willie Logan talks about the racial climate at the University of Miami
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Willie Logan describes his early interest in accounting
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Willie Logan remembers his work experiences in college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Willie Logan recalls working with Florida politician Bill Gunter
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Willie Logan remembers working at George Green's insurance company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Willie Logan recalls the integration of the parks in Opa-Locka, Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Willie Logan describes the city of Opa-Locka, Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Willie Logan talks about Opa-Locka's changing racial demographics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Willie Logan remembers the former mayors of Opa-Locka, Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Willie Logan recalls his decision to run for mayor of Opa-Locka, Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Willie Logan remembers his mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Willie Logan remembers winning the 1980 Opa-locka mayoral election
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Willie Logan describes his mayoral predecessors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Willie Logan remembers the 1980 Mariel boatlift
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Willie Logan recalls the change in Opa-locka's Hispanic population
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Willie Logan talks about the post-election coverage of Opa-locka
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Willie Logan remembers the racial demographics of the Opa-locka City Commission