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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Talk Show Host
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Hamburger
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Orleans and Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Lost Somewhere Between Sunrise And Sunset. Sixty Golden Minutes Each Set With 60 Golden Seconds. No Reward Is Offered For They’re Gone Forever.

Birthplace

Born:
4/5/1942
Birth Location:
Memphis, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Talk Show Host
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Hamburger
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Orleans and Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Lost Somewhere Between Sunrise And Sunset. Sixty Golden Minutes Each Set With 60 Golden Seconds. No Reward Is Offered For They’re Gone Forever.

Birthplace

Born:
4/5/1942
Birth Location:
Memphis
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Biography

Gospel radio show host and academic administrator Markhum “Mark” L. Stansbury, Sr. was born on April 5, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee to Willie and Eliza Markham Stansbury. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, where he was editor of the yearbook. In 1960, at age eighteen, Stansbury was hired as a radio personality and gospel announcer at Memphis, Tennessee’s WDIA-AM, where he has worked for over fifty years. He went on to receive his B.A. degree in history from Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee in 1966.

Upon graduation from Lane College, Stansbury was named the school’s public relations director. He then took a job with Holiday Inns, Inc. in 1969 as a community relations manager, where he worked until 1981. From 1983 to 1987, Stansbury was an insurance agent for Union Central Life Insurance Company and American United Insurance Company, and then served as special assistant to the governor of the State of Tennessee from 1987 until 1989. Stansbury was named assistant to the president of the University of Memphis in 1989, and went on to work for four university presidents. In addition, Stansbury has served as vice president of advancement at LeMoyne-Owen College and interim president of Shelby State Community College (now Southwest Tennessee Community College). He was also a regular photographer for the Memphis World and Tri-State Defender, and briefly worked as a reporter and copy editor for The Commercial Appeal.

Stansbury has been affiliated with or served on the boards of Leadership Memphis, E 9-1-1 Emergency Communications District, St. Andrew AME Church, Memphis Race Relations and Diversity Institute, Shelby Farms, YMCA, Goals of Memphis, and the University of Memphis Foundation. He was appointed to the Shelby County Historical Commission, and served as an advisory board member of South Central Bell. He was a NAACP Freedom Fund Gala Coordinator; past president of the Public Relations Society of America-Memphis Chapter; and served on the Steering Committee for the United Negro College Fund. Stansbury was also a founder of Diversity Memphis, an organization which fights to eliminate bigotry.

He is a member of the United Negro College Fund Hall of Fame, and has received the Award of Merit, the highest award presented to a citizen by the Mayor of Memphis. Stansbury was also named Parent of the Year by the Memphis Rotary Club, and was the first person to receive the University of Memphis’ Campus Unity Award in 1993.

Mark Stansbury was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 25, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Mark Stansbury lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Mark Stansbury describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Mark Stansbury talks about his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Mark Stansbury describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Mark Stansbury describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Mark Stansbury talks about his family's emphasis on temperance
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Mark Stansbury describes his sister's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Mark Stansbury describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Mark Stansbury remembers the influence of Juanita Brewster Crenshaw
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Mark Stansbury remembers being interviewed by Nat D. Williams
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Mark Stansbury describes the Foote Homes community in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Mark Stansbury describes the Foote Homes housing projects in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Mark Stansbury talks about the importance of punctuality, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Mark Stansbury talks about the importance of punctuality, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Mark Stansbury describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Mark Stansbury talks about segregation in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Mark Stansbury remembers his involvement with journalism at Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Mark Stansbury remembers joining the Teen Town Singers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Mark Stansbury recalls his start at WDIA Radio in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Mark Stansbury remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Mark Stansbury talks about the hosts of WDIA Radio in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Mark Stansbury talks about the listenership of WDIA Radio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Mark Stansbury remembers his decision to attend college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Mark Stansbury describes his time at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Mark Stansbury recalls the influence of Ernest Withers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Mark Stansbury describes how he joined the staff of WJAK Radio in Jackson, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Mark Stansbury talks about his Top 40 program on WJAK Radio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Mark Stansbury talks about the music community in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Mark Stansbury remembers his influences at Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Mark Stansbury talks about his experience at Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Mark Stansbury remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Mark Stansbury reflects upon Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s activism in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Mark Stansbury remembers the shooting of James Meredith
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Mark Stansbury remembers joining the staff of the Holiday Inns, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Mark Stansbury talks about working for the Holiday Inns, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Mark Stansbury describes how he became the president's assistant at Memphis State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Mark Stansbury remember his presidency of Shelby State Community College in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Mark Stansbury reflects upon his time as a university administrator
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Mark Stansbury remembers volunteering for W.W. Herenton's mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Mark Stansbury remembers his Arthur S. Holman Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Mark Stansbury describes his experiences at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Mark Stansbury talks about the Memphis State Eight, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Mark Stansbury talks about the Memphis State Eight, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Mark Stansbury talks about his civic activities in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Mark Stansbury reflects upon his tenure at WDIA Radio in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Mark Stansbury reflects upon the legacy of WDIA Radio in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Mark Stansbury reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Mark Stansbury remembers Ernest Withers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Mark Stansbury reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Mark Stansbury talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Mark Stansbury describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Mark Stansbury talks about his community organizing efforts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Mark Stansbury describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Mark Stansbury narrates his photographs