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James B. Lockhart

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Midwinter in Florida
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southern France, Cote D'Azur
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/27/1936
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Midwinter in Florida
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southern France, Cote D'Azur
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/27/1936
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

James Blakely Lockhart was born in New York City on May 27, 1936. His family moved to South Carolina, where he attended elementary school, and then moved on to North Carolina, where he graduated from the Palmer Memorial Institute in 1954. After high school, Lockhart attended Boston University, earning his B.S. in business administration in 1957. He remained at the school after graduation, earning his J.D. in 1959.

After earning his law degree, Lockhart served in the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of captain and serving as a judge advocate. Following his discharge in 1963, Lockhart went to work for the Treasury Department as an attorney in the office of the chief counsel, where he remained until 1965. That year, he moved to Chicago, where he worked as an assistant corporation counsel to the City of Chicago. In 1967, he joined the law firm of Rivers, Lockhart, Clayter & Lawrence, where he was a partner until 1971. From there, he was hired as senior vice president for Budget Rent A Car. In 1979, when Transamerica Corporation purchased Budget, Lockhart was promoted within Transamerica to vice president of public affairs. He remained there until his retirement in 1998.

Lockhart has received numerous awards throughout his career, and has been involved in organizations across the country. He is the past chair of the Bay Area Urban League, a founder and past chair of the City Club of San Francisco and he is currently the chairman of the social action committee of Sigma Pi Phi fraternity and vice chair of the Boule Foundation.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of James B. Lockhart's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - James B. Lockhart lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - James B. Lockhart describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - James B. Lockhart describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - James B. Lockhart talks about his mother's career and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - James B. Lockhart describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - James B. Lockhart talks about his father's career and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - James B. Lockhart remembers meeting his mother at eight years old in Louisville, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - James B. Lockhart recalls attending Lockhart School, a one-room schoolhouse built my his grandfather in Louisville, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - James B. Lockhart describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - James B. Lockhart describes sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - James B. Lockhart recalls seeing movies with friends as a child in New York, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - James B. Lockhart remembers spending summers at Camp Atwater in North Brookfield, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - James B. Lockhart talks about his elementary schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - James B. Lockhart talks about spending time with his cousins in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - James B. Lockhart talks about moving between New York City; Louisville, Georgia; and Kingstree, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - James B. Lockhart remembers the other children on his block in Harlem, New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - James B. Lockhart remembers seeing Arthur Godfrey's radio broadcast show with his godmother in New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - James B. Lockhart recalls starring in a production of J.M. Barrie's 'The Little Minister' at Tomlinson High School in Kingstree, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - James B. Lockhart describes segregated community life in Kingstree, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - James B. Lockhart remembers attending Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - James B. Lockhart recalls enjoying sports as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - James B. Lockhart remembers his resolution to escape farm life as child in Kingstree, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - James B. Lockhart recalls teachers who took an interest in him in Kingstree, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - James B. Lockhart describes his experience as a work scholarship student at Alice Freeman Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - James B. Lockhart remembers playing football at Alice Freeman Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - James B. Lockhart recalls founder Charlotte Hawkins Brown at Alice Freeman Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - James B. Lockhart remembers the pedagogy of Charlotte Hawkins Brown, founder of Alice Freeman Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - James B. Lockhart recalls being given three paintings by Lois Mailou Jones
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - James B. Lockhart talks about celebrities who visited Alice Freeman Palmer Institute in Sedalia, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - James B. Lockhart explains how he developed an interest in law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - James B. Lockhart remembers Howard Thurman's sermons and classmates Maynard Jackson and Barbara Jordan at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - James B. Lockhart talks about the significance of Boston University to the African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - James B. Lockhart describes his experience of racial discrimination at Boston University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - James B. Lockhart remembers being drafted and serving in the U.S. Judge Advocate General Corps in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - James B. Lockhart recalls marrying Reba Noble in 1959
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - James B. Lockhart talks about being appointed City of Chicago assistant corporation counsel
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - James B. Lockhart remembers how he was hired as assistant corporate counsel by the City of Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - James B. Lockhart remembers other African American attorneys at City of Chicago Corporate, Counsel
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - James B. Lockhart explains how he provided legal counsel to franchisees and franchising corporations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - James B. Lockhart talks about Walmart's effect on the national and local economies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - James B. Lockhart remembers Mayor Richard J. Daley's role in the redevelopment of downtown Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - James B. Lockhart recalls when Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King brought Operation Breadbasket to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - James B. Lockhart talks about Thurgood Marshall, Bob Ming, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Redress Committee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - James B. Lockhart remembers leaving the City of Chicago Corporation, Counsel to focus on private legal practice
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - James B. Lockhart describes his position as vice president of public affairs at Transamerica Corporation in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - James B. Lockhart remembers political and cultural figures in 1970s San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - James B. Lockhart talks about the social and political climate of San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - James B. Lockhart remembers being offered a judgeship by a ward committeeman in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - James B. Lockhart talks about being confronted by HistoryMaker Carol Moseley Braun about the political clout he gained as a Transamerica executive
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - James B. Lockhart recalls discovering managers of a Transamerica subsidiary making predatory loans to Latino immigrants
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - James B. Lockhart talks about prompting the Federal Trade Commission to investigate restraint of trade in the car rental business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - James B. Lockhart remembers negotiating his promotion to vice president of public affairs at Transamerica Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - James B. Lockhart describes his transition to Californian culture after leaving Budget Rent a Car to become a vice president at Transamerica
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - James B. Lockhart narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - James B. Lockhart recalls a story about Epie Lederer, the wife of Jules Lederer, founder and owner of Budget Rent a Car
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - James B. Lockhart talks about enjoyable aspects of working for Transamerica Corporation in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - James B. Lockhart describes his charitable work, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - James B. Lockhart describes his charitable work, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - James B. Lockhart describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - James B. Lockhart reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - James B. Lockhart reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - James B. Lockhart describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - James B. Lockhart narrates his photographs, pt. 1[EH1]