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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Bank Chairman
Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Dark Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish, Sweet Potatoes
Favorite Time of Year:
January, February in Florida
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Fisher Island, Florida
Favorite Quote:
If it is worth doing, it is worth doing on time.

Birthplace

Born:
6/19/1931
Birth Location:
Panama City, Florida

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Bank Chairman
Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Dark Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish, Sweet Potatoes
Favorite Time of Year:
January, February in Florida
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Fisher Island, Florida
Favorite Quote:
If it is worth doing, it is worth doing on time.

Birthplace

Born:
6/19/1931
Birth Location:
Panama City
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Biography

An innovative and successful entrepreneur, Jacoby Dickens was born in Panama City, Florida, in 1931. Though Jacoby's father had to leave school at an early age to work on the family farm, he emphasized the importance of education. Early in his childhood, Dickens' family moved to Chicago's South Side, where he attended school.

After graduation from Wendell Phillips High School, Dickens went into business as a real estate developer in the same South Side neighborhoods where he was raised. There he was able to purchase, renovate and lease apartment buildings in key areas of the city during the peak of the Northern Migration. At the height of this enterprise, Dickens managed more than 100 apartments. By the time he sold his real estate holdings in 1971, Dickens had acquired enough capital to purchase several bowling alleys in Chicago. While running two bowling alleys, Dickens was invited to join the board of Seaway National Bank, one of the largest African American-owned financial institutions in the country. Dickens joined Seaway National in 1979 as vice chairman and became chairman in 1983.

As chairman, Dickens created firm ties between Seaway and its surrounding community. Dickens believes the bank shares responsibility for the financial health of the community, an urban neighborhood of moderate and low-income residents. As such, the institution has tailored itself to fit the economic circumstances of its surrounding neighborhoods, promoting the growth of new businesses through loans, outreach and community development programs.

Dickens has distinguished himself as much for his philanthropic efforts as for his entrepreneurial successes. In addition to the community outreach programs developed through Seaway, Dickens has designed a loan and scholarship program at DePaul University named in his honor. As a director of Chicago State University, Dickens has donated more than $1 million to the institution. On December 7, 1995, the Chicago State University Physical Education and Athletics Building was renamed the Jacoby D. Dickens Physical Education and Athletics Center in honor of the esteemed benefactor.

Jacoby Dickens passed away on April 14, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Jacoby Dickens Interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jacoby Dickens's Favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jacoby Dickens characterizes his childhood home in the Florida panhandle
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jacoby Dickens remembers his father and grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jacoby Dickens describes growing up with five sisters
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jacoby Dickens recalls an inspiring grade school teacher
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jacoby Dickens recalls his family's advice that blacks "had to be twice as good" to succeed
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jacoby Dickens discusses the role of church, school and black business in his segregated childhood community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jacoby Dickens describes his ancestors' life as sharecroppers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jacoby Dickens compares his strong family bonds with families today
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Jacoby Dickens describes his initial reactions to his new home, Chicago, Ill.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Jacoby Dickens remembers his jobs as a teenager
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Jacoby Dickens remembers Chicago's Wendell Phillips High School in the 1940s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jacoby Dickens describes his adolescence in Chicago in the late 1940s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jacoby Dickens's thirty year pursuit of education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jacoby Dickens discusses his real estate and bowling alley investments
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jacoby Dickens begins to save and invest after a lesson from his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jacoby Dickens discusses his entrepreneurship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jacoby Dickens considers Chicago's history of successful black businesses
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jacoby Dickens buys into Seaway National Bank (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jacoby Dickens describes his early work ethic
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jacoby Dickens makes a profit in the real estate industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jacoby Dickens discusses his bowling enterprises in the late 1960s-1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jacoby Dickens appreciates business mentors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jacoby Dickens recalls when he learned he was a millionaire
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jacoby Dickens builds a relationship with Seaway National Bank
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jacoby Dickens discusses discrimination in commercial loans
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jacoby Dickens considers the diversity of his business investments
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Jacoby Dickens talks about the success and community contribution of Seaway National Bank in Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Jacoby Dickens describes a partnership between Seaway National Bank [Chicago, Ill.] and the local black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jacoby Dickens discusses banking and business in black neighborhoods
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jacoby Dickens reflects on the Civil Rights Movement, affirmative action and education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jacoby Dickens contributes to Chicago State University [Chicago, Ill.]
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jacoby Dickens discusses his investment in two television stations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jacoby Dickens discusses his pursuit of an investment in a riverboat casino
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jacoby Dickens calls young black people to entrepreneurship
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jacoby Dickens discusses the benefits of mentorship
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jacoby Dickens considers the role of the church in black lives
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jacoby Dickens discusses political participation, term limits, ethics and Harold Washington
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jacoby Dickens praises entrepreneur George Johnson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jacoby Dickens describes businessman Dempsey J. Travis
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jacoby Dickens talks about his legacy and his foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens poses with Lucille after completing basic training
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens poses at six years old
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens poses with army buddies and geisha in Japan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens greets the former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens poses with WGN's [Chicago] Merri Dee
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens washes his first automobile
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens poses with friends at a golf benefit
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens poses with daughter and grand-daughter ay Skyway Bowl
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens poses with Dr. James Buckner at Chicago State University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens poses with Mayor Harold Washington and Dr. Julianne Blewitt
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens makes a speech at an Operation PUSH event
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens meets with Governor Jim Edgar [Illinois]
  • Tape: 6 Story: 13 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens receives an award from the Luster Foundation at their annual fundraising dinner
  • Tape: 6 Story: 14 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens poses with Olympic track star Willye White
  • Tape: 6 Story: 15 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens poses with former Governor Jim Edgar [Illinois]
  • Tape: 6 Story: 16 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens poses with Roland Burris, former Attorney General and Comptroller for the state of Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 17 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens poses at a fundraising event for Chicago State University's athletic program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 18 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens talks with Leon Robinson, bus company owner, at a fundraising dinner
  • Tape: 6 Story: 19 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens gives a speech on black business ownership at Operation PUSH
  • Tape: 6 Story: 20 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens shakes hands with President Bill Clinton in Chicago [Ill.]
  • Tape: 6 Story: 21 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens poses with Mrs. Luster of Luster Products at a foundation dinner
  • Tape: 6 Story: 22 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens meets Mrs. Bacon and President of Roosevelt University, Ted Gross
  • Tape: 6 Story: 23 - Photo - Private Jacoby Dickens (U.S. Army) poses in 1952
  • Tape: 6 Story: 24 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens meets with members of the Chicago State Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 25 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens toasts President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings
  • Tape: 6 Story: 26 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens greets President of Chicago State University, President George Ayers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 27 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens meets with Bishop Louis Henry Ford at the All Saints School opening [Lexington, Miss.]
  • Tape: 6 Story: 28 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens poses with the President of Chicago State University, William Ayers, and Mayor Eugene Sawyer [Chicago. Ill.]
  • Tape: 6 Story: 29 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens greets a Chicago State University basketball player and Independence Bank president, Al Boutte.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 30 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens poses with Vice President Al Gore and Wanda Wright at a northside Chicago [Ill.] fundraiser
  • Tape: 6 Story: 31 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens gives an address at the Luster Products Black Heritage Foundation benefit
  • Tape: 6 Story: 32 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens poses in front of Seaway National Bank [Chicago, Ill.]
  • Tape: 6 Story: 33 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens poses at the 1998 Columbian Ball fundraiser
  • Tape: 6 Story: 34 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens poses with family at McClendon family reunion
  • Tape: 6 Story: 35 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens poses with Senator Carol Moseley-Braun and Merri Dee, television personality
  • Tape: 6 Story: 36 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens and wife, Veranda, pose with Velma and John Wilson at an Urban League fundraiser