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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive

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Favorite Color:
Gold, Orange, Red, Yellow
Favorite Food:
Shellfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. James Island, Italian Riviera, French Riviera
Favorite Quote:
In order to be in the right place at the right time, one has to be in the wrong place 90% of the time with the perseverance to keep going in order for that 10% to pay off.$Behind every significant finding in American history are black women that are unrecognized.$

Birthplace

Born:
8/2/1945
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gold, Orange, Red, Yellow
Favorite Food:
Shellfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. James Island, Italian Riviera, French Riviera
Favorite Quote:
In order to be in the right place at the right time, one has to be in the wrong place 90% of the time with the perseverance to keep going in order for that 10% to pay off.$Behind every significant finding in American history are black women that are unrecognized.$

Birthplace

Born:
8/2/1945
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Founder of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Jewell Jackson McCabe was born on August 2, 1945, in Washington, D.C., to broadcasting pioneer Harold “Hal” Jackson and businesswoman, Julia O. Hawkins. McCabe started dancing at three and graduated from the New York High School of Performing Arts as a dance major in 1963. McCabe attended Bard College until 1964, when she left after her marriage to Frederick Ward, an advertising copywriter; they divorced in 1967. McCabe later married Eugene McCabe, then-president of North General Hospital in New York City; though the couple divorced in 1992, McCabe retained her former last name for professional purposes.

Active in the community, McCabe spent summers in the late 1960s teaching dance to at-risk teens in Harlem. McCabe began her institutional career when she took a receptionist’s job with the city in 1969. After swift and repeated promotions, McCabe was named Director of Public Affairs at the New York Urban Coalition in 1970. That same year, McCabe joined a small group of women, the first chapter of the NY Coalition of 100 Black Women. McCabe served as Press Officer for Women and Minorities under Gov. Hugh Cary from 1975 to 1977. In 1977, McCabe became Director of Government and Community Affairs for WNET-TV. Elected president of the Coalition of 100 Black Women, in 1976, McCabe expanded the organization nationally; it became the National Coalition of 100 Black Women in 1981. In 1991, McCabe stepped down to become the Chairman of the Board, an office she held until 1993 when McCabe became the first woman finalist for the executive directorship of the NAACP.

A Presidential, Gubernatorial, and Mayoral appointee, McCabe was appointed by President Clinton to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council’s Committee on Conscience. Governor Mario M. Cuomo appointed McCabe to the New York State Council on Fiscal and Economic Priorities and to Chair of the New York State’s Job Training Partnership Council.

McCabe has earned two honorary doctorates, from Iona and Tougaloo Colleges, and has served on the following boards: Reliance Group Holdings; the New York City Investment Fund, L.I.C; The Wharton School of Business; and Bard College. McCabe is President of Jewell Jackson McCabe Associates – a multi-lingual strategic communications firm specializing in competitiveness training and executive coaching. The firm has advised American Express; Time Warner; The Coca-Cola Company; Matsushita Electric Corporation of America (Panasonic); International Business Machines Corporation (IBM); Council for Opportunity in Education (COE); NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and The College Board. McCabe, a frequent guest political analyst, has opined on the Today Show, in The New York Times, and is featured in Brian Lanker’s “I Dream A World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America”. McCabe has also been honored for her community activism by receiving the following awards: citation from Malcolm/King College; citation from the YWCA; Eastern Region Urban League Guild Award; a Seagram's Civic Award; a Links, Inc. Civic Award; and an Outstanding Community Leadership Award from Malcolm/King College.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Jewell Jackson McCabe's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jewell Jackson McCabe lists her favorites, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her father's upbringing, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her father's radio program, 'The House That Jack Built'
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her mother and grandmother's relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her parents' education and religious background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her father's first marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jewell Jackson McCabe reads Ahmet Ertegun's introduction to her father's autobiography
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her parents' early years of marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her earliest childhood memories, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jewell Jackson McCabe remembers her parents' famous acquiantances
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her birth at her parents' home
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her relationships with her siblings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her childhood in Washington, D.C., pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her family's traditional meals
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jewell Jackson McCabe remembers her early sense of responsibility
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her dance training
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her schooling, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her hobbies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her home life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls her start at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls her audition for the High School of Performing Arts in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about the dancers she admired
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls her challenges at the High School of Performing Arts, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls her challenges at the High School of Performing Arts, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls her decision to attend Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her first marriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jewell Jackson McCabe remembers living in New York City's Greenwich Village
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her parents' relationship
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls her experiences as a switchboard operator, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls joining the New York City Human Resources Administration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls working for the Summer in the City program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes how she met Eugene L. McCabe
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her divorce
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls how she came to work for the New York Urban Coalition
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her early career at the New York Urban Coalition, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Jewell Jackson McCabe remembers her early challenges as a manager
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about successful businesspeople who were not college graduates
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her early philanthropy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her mother's career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jewell Jackson McCabe remembers her mother's stroke
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her mother's influence
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes the circumstances of her parents' divorce, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes the circumstances of her parents' divorce, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls her father's business activities in New York City
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her father's career, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Slating of Jewell Jackson McCabe's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Jewell Jackson McCabe lists her favorites, session 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her maternal grandmother's experiences of discrimination
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls lessons from her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her mother's upbringing and parenthood
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her mother's education
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her father's education
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her father's career, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about how her parents met
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her mother's leadership
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her upbringing in a wealthy black family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her mother and father's parenting style
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her mother's social circle
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Jewell Jackson McCabe remembers moving with her family to New York City
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Jewell Jackson McCabe remembers going backstage at New York City's Apollo Theater
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her family's food traditions
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her father's legacy in the entertainment industry
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her transition to the High School of Performing Arts in New York City
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Jewell Jackson McCabe remembers the dance department of the High School of Performing Arts
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls her experiences as a dancer at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Jewell Jackson McCabe reflects upon her exclusion from the senior recital at the High School of Performing Arts
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Jewell Jackson McCabe remembers Arthur Mitchell's advice
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Jewell Jackson McCabe reflects upon her dance background
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her father's social circle
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Jewell Jackson McCabe remembers her mentors
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls her decision to study dance at Bard College
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls her experiences in the dance department at Bard College
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her early career
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her charitable activities
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her early ambitions
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls teaching dance to pregnant youth
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her position at the New York City Human Resources Administration
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes the political climate of the 1960s and 1970s
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her early career advancement, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her early career advancement, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her start at the New York Urban Coalition
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls her promotion at the New York Urban Coalition
  • Tape: 10 Story: 10 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about the Commission on the Status of Women
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes the black community's tradition of service
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about the erasure of black women's achievements
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls the founding of the Coalition of 100 Black Women, pt. 1
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls her introduction to the coalition movement
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes the aims of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls the early years of the Coalition of 100 Black Women
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Jewell Jackson McCabe remembers the mentorship of J. Bruce Llewellyn
  • Tape: 11 Story: 8 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her work with the Partnership for New York City
  • Tape: 11 Story: 9 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about the importance of networking
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Jewell Jackson McCabe reflects upon her early career, pt. 1
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - Jewell Jackson McCabe reflects upon her early career, pt. 2
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - Jewell Jackson McCabe remembers lobbying the U.S. Senate
  • Tape: 12 Story: 4 - Jewell Jackson McCabe reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 12 Story: 5 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about Governor Hugh Carey's administration
  • Tape: 12 Story: 6 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about globalization
  • Tape: 12 Story: 7 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her recruitment strategy
  • Tape: 12 Story: 8 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes the founding of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, pt. 1
  • Tape: 12 Story: 9 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes the founding of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, pt. 2
  • Tape: 13 Story: 1 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her involvement in the Coalition of 100 Black Women
  • Tape: 13 Story: 2 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her connection to social activists
  • Tape: 13 Story: 3 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls the founding of the Coalition of 100 Black Women, pt. 2
  • Tape: 13 Story: 4 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about black women's history of service
  • Tape: 13 Story: 5 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about white male leadership
  • Tape: 13 Story: 6 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her political values, pt. 1
  • Tape: 13 Story: 7 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her skill set
  • Tape: 13 Story: 8 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes the New York Urban Coalition's Give a Damn newsletter
  • Tape: 14 Story: 1 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her political values, pt. 2
  • Tape: 14 Story: 2 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls her nomination for the NAACP presidency
  • Tape: 14 Story: 3 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls her campaign for the NAACP presidency, pt. 1
  • Tape: 14 Story: 4 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls her campaign for the NAACP presidency, pt. 2
  • Tape: 14 Story: 5 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her challenges while running for the NAACP presidency
  • Tape: 14 Story: 6 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about the male supporters of her NAACP presidential candidacy
  • Tape: 15 Story: 1 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her criticism of Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.
  • Tape: 15 Story: 2 - Jewell Jackson McCabe shares her criticism of the Million Man March
  • Tape: 15 Story: 3 - Jewell Jackson McCabe remembers Spelman College's centennial drive, pt. 1
  • Tape: 15 Story: 4 - Jewell Jackson McCabe remembers Spelman College's centennial drive, pt. 2
  • Tape: 15 Story: 5 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes the Coalition of 100 Black Women's role modeling programs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 15 Story: 6 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes the Coalition of 100 Black Women's role modeling programs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 15 Story: 7 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about the Candace Award, pt. 1
  • Tape: 15 Story: 8 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about the Candace Award, pt. 2
  • Tape: 16 Story: 1 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar
  • Tape: 16 Story: 2 - Jewell Jackson McCabe remembers organizing a black women's leadership seminar, pt. 1
  • Tape: 16 Story: 3 - Jewell Jackson McCabe remembers organizing a black women's leadership seminar, pt. 2
  • Tape: 16 Story: 4 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her poll about black female leadership
  • Tape: 16 Story: 5 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes the corporate board selection process
  • Tape: 16 Story: 6 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her involvement with the Wharton School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 16 Story: 7 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about her international travels
  • Tape: 17 Story: 1 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her work as an executive coach
  • Tape: 17 Story: 2 - Jewell Jackson McCabe talks about food traditions in the African American community
  • Tape: 17 Story: 3 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes the Panasonic Kid Witness News program, pt. 1
  • Tape: 17 Story: 4 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes the Panasonic Kid Witness News program, pt. 2
  • Tape: 17 Story: 5 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes her goals for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women
  • Tape: 17 Story: 6 - Jewell Jackson McCabe reflects upon her professional opportunities
  • Tape: 17 Story: 7 - Jewell Jackson McCabe recalls suffering a nearly fatal car accident
  • Tape: 17 Story: 8 - Jewell Jackson McCabe describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 18 Story: 1 - Jewell Jackson McCabe narrates her photographs