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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
City Government Appointee
Presidential Advisor
Social Worker

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Beef (Corned), Cabbage
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape May, New Jersey
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/5/1909
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
City Government Appointee
Presidential Advisor
Social Worker

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Beef (Corned), Cabbage
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape May, New Jersey
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/5/1909
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

International social worker and educator James Russelle Dumpson was born on April 5, 1909 to James and Edythe Dumpson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dumpson’s family moved to West Philadelphia where he attended West Philadelphia Boys’ High School. He then attended Chaney Normal School (now Chaney Teachers College) and received a teaching certificate in 1932. He went on to Temple University to receive his B.A. degree in education in 1934. Dumpson taught elementary school for two years before moving to New York City to work for the Children’s Aid Society as a case worker. He then received his M.A. degree in social work from Fordam University and his Ph.D. from the University of Dacca in Ghana.

From 1953 to 1954, Dumpson served as a United Nations Advisor/Chief of Training in Social Welfare to the Government of Pakistan. In 1971, he worked as a consultant in Pakistan, and in 1977, received a fellowship to Pakistan through the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare to Pakistan.

Dumpson began his association with Fordham University in 1957 as a Visiting Associate Professor in the Graduate Institute for Mission Studies. Ten years later, he returned to Fordham University as the Dean of the Graduate School of Social Work, with the faculty rank of professor.

In 1959, Dumpson was named Commissioner of Welfare for the City of New York, becoming the only African American welfare commissioner in the country. His appointment also marked the first time that a social worker had held the position. He then returned to New York seven years later to become administrator of the Human Resources Department.

As an advisor to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, Dumpson served on various advisory commissions, including the Presidents Commission on Narcotics and Drug Abuse. In 1990, Dumpson was appointed to serve as New York City’s Health Service Administrator and Chairman of the Health and Hospitals Corporation. Upon retirement, he continued to teach at Fordham University until 2006.

Dumpson passed away on November 5, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - James Dumpson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - James Dumpson describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - James Dumpson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - James Dumpson describes his maternal grandparents' role in his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - James Dumpson describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - James Dumpson recalls growing up in Philadelphia in the 1920s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - James Dumpson describes his experiences at Octavius V. Catto Secondary School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - James Dumpson recalls his childhood community in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - James Dumpson remembers West Philadelphia High School for Boys
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - James Dumpson talks about the role of music in his upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - James Dumpson describes his activities at West Philadelphia High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - James Dumpson recalls his experiences at Cheyney Training School for Teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - James Dumpson remembers working as a teacher in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - James Dumpson recalls becoming at caseworker at the Children's Aid Society
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - James Dumpson describes his tenure at New York City's Children's Aid Society
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - James Dumpson recalls his work in child welfare for the City of New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - James Dumpson recalls being hired to consult for the United Nations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - James Dumpson remembers his work with the United Nations in Pakistan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - James Dumpson describes his work for New York City's Bureau of Child Welfare
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - James Dumpson describes his career in academia in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - James Dumpson recalls the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - James Dumpson recalls attending the March on Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - James Dumpson recalls his chairmanship of New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - James Dumpson recalls his chairmanship of New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - James Dumpson describes his career since retiring from New York City government
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - James Dumpson describes his work in social welfare with the United Nations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - James Dumpson describes his work with Whitney Young's National Urban League
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - James Dumpson describes the awards he received during his career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - James Dumpson recalls prominent African American politicians from New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - James Dumpson describes his family life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - James Dumpson reflects upon his career in social welfare
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - James Dumpson reflects upon his values
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - James Dumpson describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - James Dumpson describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - James Dumpson narrates his photographs