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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Swordfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
If I’m Not Up To It, I’m Down On It.

Birthplace

Born:
9/12/1931
Birth Location:
Boston, Massachusetts

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Swordfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
If I’m Not Up To It, I’m Down On It.

Birthplace

Born:
9/12/1931
Birth Location:
Boston
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Biography

Georgian civic leader Kenneth Crooks, Jr. was born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 12, 1931. He attended elementary school in Hampton, Virginia and secondary school in Jamaica, West Indies. Crooks graduated in 1957 from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelors Degree of Business Administration and received a Masters of Business Administration from Atlanta University in 1962.

Crooks went to work for the National Urban League in its Regional Office in Atlanta, Georgia, covering twelve southern states in 1962. His responsibilities there included providing technical support for local Urban Leagues and developing new affiliates in the South. Crooks remained at the Urban League until 1991, taking time off in 1972 to assist Maynard Jackson's first campaign for Mayor of Atlanta. During his tenure at the Urban League, he worked in Economic Development and Employment, Education, Housing, Counseling and Community Awareness programs. He also developed programs for youth in fine arts, creating the Summer Youth Academy, the "Do the Right Thing" Rallies and brought the Chattahoochee Court-Appointed Special Advocates program for deprived and neglected children to the community.

In 1993, Crooks moved to Columbus, Georgia to serve as President of the Urban League of Greater Columbus. He had previously held the position of Community Service Specialist and Assistant Director of Development at the Fort Valley State College. Crooks also serves as Special Assistant to the pastor at Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church. He has received several awards recognizing his service to the community, including "Man of the Year" for 2001, given by the Men's Progressive Club of Columbus.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Kenneth Crooks talks about his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Kenneth Crooks talks about his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Kenneth Crooks talks about his grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Kenneth Crooks describes his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Kenneth Crooks remembers his early childhood in Hampton, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Kenneth Crooks describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Kenneth Crooks recalls an experience with segregation in Hampton, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Kenneth Crooks describes attending school as the son of the headmaster
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Kenneth Crooks remembers his family's move to Jamaica
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Kenneth Crooks discusses his father's educational expectations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Kenneth Crooks talks about returning to the United States to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Kenneth Crooks recalls the sights and sounds that remind him of Jamaica
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Kenneth Crooks talks about segregation and cold weather at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Kenneth Crooks talks about his decision to major in business administration and other college experiences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Kenneth Crooks remembers being drafted into the U.S. Army as a medic after graduation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Kenneth Crooks talks about his struggle to find a job as a black man in New England and moving to Grambling, Louisiana after his father's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Kenneth Crooks talks about his role in the Atlanta Student Movement while he was a graduate student at Atlanta University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Kenneth Crooks talks about coordinating student sit-ins in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Kenneth Crooks describes how the Atlanta Student Movement focused on improving the economic power of blacks
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Kenneth Crooks talks about civil rights organizations and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s influence on them
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Kenneth Crooks talks about his effort to create a job placement office at Atlanta University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Kenneth Crooks talks about Clarence Coleman's role in recruiting him to join the National Urban League
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Kenneth Crooks talks about the roles of Lester Granger and Whitney Young in the history of the National Urban League
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Kenneth Crooks talks about significance of the National Urban League
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Kenneth Crooks talks his role in the National Urban League and its impact on his personal life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Kenneth Crooks talks about the National Urban League
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Kenneth Crooks talks about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s connection to the Urban League
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Kenneth Crooks talks about the expansion of the National Urban League and working on Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson's campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Kenneth Crooks talks about Whitney Young and Vernon Jordan, presidents of the National Urban League
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Kenneth Crook's talks about National Urban League President Hugh Price's emphasis on sound economics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Kenneth Crook's describes the untapped potential of the black church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Kenneth Crook's talks about the future of the National Urban League
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Kenneth Crook's talks about his leadership of the Urban League of Greater Columbus in Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Kenneth Crook's talks about the National Urban League's agenda and its approach to AIDS in America
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Kenneth Crook's reflects upon his legacy