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Kent B. Amos

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive
Education Chief Executive
Elementary School Principal

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Pie, Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cayman Islands
Favorite Quote:
In whom to much is given, much is required.

Birthplace

Born:
5/21/1944
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive
Education Chief Executive
Elementary School Principal

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Pie, Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cayman Islands
Favorite Quote:
In whom to much is given, much is required.

Birthplace

Born:
5/21/1944
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Born May 21, 1944, Kent Amos was raised in northwest Washington, D.C., where he was a track star at Calvin Coolidge High School before graduating and serving the U.S. Army in Vietnam. After his tour of duty, Amos graduated from Delaware State University and was hired by Xerox Corporation.

At Xerox, Amos became one of the company's most successful salespersons and was instrumental in increasing the number of African Americans in its sales force. Amos was promoted many times, becoming the youngest corporate director in Xerox history. Although Amos and his family relocated to several cities across the United States, they were able to return to Washington, D.C., where Amos and his wife first became involved in caring for at-risk children, offering shelter, financial support, and a nurturing environment to local youth. Amos felt compelled to do even more, and in the 1980s he left corporate America to devote himself full-time to helping families take care of their children. In 1991, Amos founded the Urban Family Institute (UFI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating urban neighborhoods where every family has the resources they need to ensure that children grow up with the close guidance, discipline, and nurturing, of caring adults.

In 1994, Amos also founded Kids House, a program designed to provide a safe, academically supportive after school program. Four years later, recognizing the unique opportunity of charter schools, Amos founded the Community Academy Public Charter School, where he served as principal and CEO. The Community Academy grew to become recognized as one of the leading charter schools in Washington, D.C., functioning as a national model.

Amos was featured on many local and national radio and television programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in newspapers, magazines, and books. Amos also frequently spoke on the issue of child-related public policy and received numerous citations, awards, and honors, for his community service. In 2002, Amos was ordained a deacon, serving the congregation of Washington's Shiloh Baptist Church; he also served as the chairman of the Shiloh Community Development Corporation.

Amos and his wife, Carmen, remained close to their extended family in Washington, D.C.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Kent Amos interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Kent Amos's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Kent Amos shares his paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Kent Amos shares his maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Kent Amos discusses his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Kent Amos discusses his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Kent Amos remembers the streetcars of Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Kent Amos describes childhood movie theaters
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Kent Amos describes his childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Kent Amos describes segregated sports
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Kent Amos describes his segregated educational experience
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Kent Amos discusses his religion
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Kent Amos describes his integrated educational experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Kent Amos as a student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Kent Amos discusses his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Kent Amos discusses popular childhood dances and music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Kent Amos remembers the emergence of television
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Kent Amos reflects on cultural and social changes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Kent Amos discusses growing up in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Kent Amos reflects on his career aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Kent Amos drops out of college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Kent Amos describes the riots after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Kent Amos reflects on his experience as a soldier in the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Kent Amos discusses the benefits of the military experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Kent Amos describes the race relations in the United States Armed Forces
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Kent Amos graduates from college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Kent Amos returns to Vietnam
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Kent Amos begins his career at the Xerox Corporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Kent Amos organizes black employees at Xerox
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Kent Amos discusses the formation of the National Black Employees Association at Xerox
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Kent Amos and Xerox black employees meet with senior management members
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Kent Amos becomes a vice president of Xerox Corporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Kent Amos gets married
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Kent Amos receives the NAACP Image Award
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Kent Amos discusses the dangers of public schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Kent Amos meets his son's public school friends
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Kent Amos "adopts" eighty-seven children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Kent Amos discusses his reason for success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Kent Amos discusses the importance of values
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Kent Amos reflects on his parents and mentors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Kent Amos reflects on the tragedies of his adopted children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Kent Amos discusses the need for social change
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Kent Amos discusses social dysfunction
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Kent Amos discusses the power of collective organizing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Kent Amos discusses the value philosophy of his school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Kent Amos reflects on popular culture influences
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Kent Amos discusses the value of diversity
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Kent Amos shares his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Kent Amos discusses his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Photo - Kent Amos's paternal great-grandmother Davis, ca. mid-1800s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Photo - Kent Amos's grandmother Virginia Davis Amos and his great-grandfather, ca. 1930s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Photo - Kent Amos's grandfather Ernest Amos, aunt Alezea Amos and grandmother Virginia Davis Amos, ca. 1950s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Photo - Kent Amos with U.S. Chairman of the Democratic Party, Ron Brown, Washington, D.C., ca. 1990s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Photo - Kent Amos with U.S. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Photo - Kent Amos at his residence in Washington, D.C., ca. 1980s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Photo - Kent Amos with wife, Carmen Amos, Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Photo - Kent Amos's wife Carmen Amos, his parents and his adopted children, ca. 1990s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 15 - Photo - Kent Amos dressed as a clown at Halloween, Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 16 - Photo - Kent Amos's grandparents, Ernest Amos and Virginia Davis Amos, Washington, D.C., ca. 1940s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 17 - Photo - Kent Amos as a child with his older brother, Benjamin F. Amos, Jr., ca. 1948-1949
  • Tape: 5 Story: 18 - Photo - Kent Amos at the Million Man March, Washington, D.C., October 16, 1995
  • Tape: 5 Story: 19 - Photo - Kent Amos as an infant with older brother, Benjamin F. Amos, Jr., ca. 1944-1945
  • Tape: 5 Story: 20 - Photo - Kent Amos in front of his U.S. Air Force barracks, ca. 1964
  • Tape: 5 Story: 21 - Photo - Kent Amos at home in his Junior ROTC Captain's uniform, Washington, D.C., ca. 1960s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 22 - Photo - Kent Amos learning to skydive
  • Tape: 5 Story: 23 - Photo - Kent Amos and wife, Carmen Amos, Washington, D.C., ca. 1983
  • Tape: 5 Story: 24 - Photo - Kent Amos with his family and others at graduation party, Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 25 - Photo - Kent Amos as a child in front of Gage Elementary School, Washington, D.C., ca. 1950-51
  • Tape: 5 Story: 26 - Photo - Kent Amos as a speaker for commencement ceremonies at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., 1986-87
  • Tape: 5 Story: 27 - Photo - Kent Amos with his wife, Carmen Amos
  • Tape: 5 Story: 28 - Photo - Kent Amos with his daughters and their friends on prom night, Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 29 - Photo - Kent Amos as a child and dressed as ring bearer for a neighbor's wedding, ca. 1949
  • Tape: 5 Story: 30 - Photo - Kent Amos' class portrait from Calvin Coolidge Senior High School, Washington, D.C., 1962
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Photo - Kent Amos performing the high jump at Calvin Coolidge Senior High School, Washington, D.C., 1959
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Photo - Kent Amos's aunt, Helene Brooke Amos with her friends, Washington, D.C., late 1920s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Photo - Kent Amos and one of his adopted sons, Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Photo - Kent Amos as member of the President's Commission on Model State Drug Laws, Washington, D.C., 1993
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Photo - Kent Amos ca. 1974
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Photo - Kent Amos with Rosa Parks, Elaine Steele and an unidentified woman at Community Academy Public Charter School, Washington, D.C., 1998
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Photo - Kent Amos with U.S. President Ronald Reagan and the Deputy Superintendent of Schools, Washington, D.C., ca. 1981-1989
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Photo - Tony Epson, Kent Amos and Wendell Butler with Rosa Parks at Community Academy Public Charter School, Washington, D.C., 1998
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Photo - Kent Amos speaking before the U.S. Congress, Washington, D.C., ca. mid-1990s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Photo - Kent Amos and wife, Carmen Amos on a cruise with the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Washington, D.C., June, 2003
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Photo - Kent Amos interviewing gospel singer CeCe Winans at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 2000
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Photo - Kent Amos with George Stephanopoulos and an unidentified woman at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., ca. 1992-1996
  • Tape: 6 Story: 13 - Photo - Kent Amos with talk show host, Phil Donahue, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1988
  • Tape: 6 Story: 14 - Photo - Kent Amos with talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1988
  • Tape: 6 Story: 15 - Photo - Kent Amos at his home in Washington, D.C., ca. 1980s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 16 - Photo - Kent Amos with 'Sweet' Alice Harris and a Frederick Douglass impersonator at the Hall of Fame for Caring Americans, Washington, D.C., 1991
  • Tape: 6 Story: 17 - Photo - Kent Amos with Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder, Washington, D.C., ca. 1989-1994
  • Tape: 6 Story: 18 - Photo - Kent Amos with Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, Washington, D.C., ca. 1980s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 19 - Photo - Kent Amos with Vernon Jordan at a function at the Xerox Corporation, ca. 1990s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 20 - Photo - Kent Amos with Johnny Ford, Mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama, at the National Conference of Black Mayors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 21 - Photo - Kent Amos's brother Benjamin F. Amos, Jr. and his sister-in-law, Brenda on their wedding day, 1962
  • Tape: 6 Story: 22 - Photo - Kent Amos's graduation portrait from Delaware State College, Dover, Delaware, 1970
  • Tape: 6 Story: 23 - Photo - Kent Amos with U.S. President Bill Clinton in the White House Oval Office, Washington, D.C., ca. 1993-2001
  • Tape: 6 Story: 24 - Photo - Kent Amos with U.S. President Bill Clinton and others in the White House Cabinet Room, Washington, D.C., ca. 1993-2001
  • Tape: 6 Story: 25 - Photo - Kent Amos with Rosa Parks, Dorothy Height, and his family, Washington, D.C., 1998
  • Tape: 6 Story: 26 - Photos - Two views of U.S. President Bill Clinton meeting with Kent Amos and his wife Carmen Amos, Paris, France, 2000
  • Tape: 6 Story: 27 - Photo - Kent Amos, actor Omar Sharif and Carmen Amos, Paris, France, 2000
  • Tape: 6 Story: 28 - Photo - Kent Amos's parents, Benjamin F. Amos, Sr. and Gladys Capp Amos, ca. early 1980s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 29 - Photo - Kent Amos and his family celebrating his parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary, Washington, D.C., October, 1987