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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mexico
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/2/1947
Birth Location:
Los Angeles, California

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mexico
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/2/1947
Birth Location:
Los Angeles
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Biography

Nonprofit executive Michael Lomax was born on October 2, 1947, in Los Angeles, California to parents Hallie Alemena Davis and Lucius W. Lomax, Jr. He moved to Tuskegee, Alabama in 1961, where he attended Tuskegee Institute High School. He earned his B.A. degree in English from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1968, his M.A. degree in English literature from Columbia University in New York in 1972, and his Ph.D. degree in African American studies from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1984.

After graduation, Lomax began teaching English at Morehouse College. In 1974, he was hired as the director of research and special assistant to the mayor of Atlanta. While in this position, Lomax helped establish the City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs, where he served as director. In 1978, Lomax was elected to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Two years later, he became the first African American to be elected as board chairman, a position he held for twelve years. In 1981, Lomax began working as a professor of English at Spelman College in Atlanta. He served as the president of The National Faculty in Atlanta from 1994 to 1997. From 1997 to 2004, he served as president and professor of English and African world studies at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lomax then began serving as the president and chief executive officer of the United Negro College Fund in Washington, D.C.

Lomax has served on the board for Teach for America and the KIPP Foundation, as well as the Carter Center, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the Studio Museum of Harlem. He was a member of the founding Council of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. He also founded the National Black Arts Festival in 1978. Lomax served on the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities under President George W. Bush. He has received several awards as well, including the Emory Medal and several honorary degrees.

Lomax and his wife, Cheryl, have two daughters, Michele and Rachel.

Michael Lomax was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 31, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Michael Lomax's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Michael Lomax lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Michael Lomax describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Michael Lomax describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Michael Lomax talks about his mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Michael Lomax describes his paternal grandfather's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Michael Lomax talks about his paternal grandmother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Michael Lomax describes his paternal grandmother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Michael Lomax talks about his family's migration out of the South
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Michael Lomax talks about his paternal grandfather's financial success
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Michael Lomax reflects upon the richness of his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Michael Lomax describes the Dunbar Cocktail Lounge and Grill on Central Avenue in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Michael Lomax talks about his parents' courtship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Michael Lomax talks about his mother's manuscripts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Michael Lomax describes his parents' personalities and interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Michael Lomax talks about his mother's coverage of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Michael Lomax describes his paternal grandparents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Michael Lomax remembers his early exposure to African American celebrities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Michael Lomax talks about his parents' association with leftists in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Michael Lomax lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Michael Lomax describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Michael Lomax describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Michael Lomax describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Michael Lomax describes his neighborhood in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Michael Lomax remembers his parents' divorce
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Michael Lomax remembers moving to Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Michael Lomax describes his community in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Michael Lomax talks about his inheritance
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Michael Lomax describes his mother's decision to cover the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Michael Lomax remembers the Watts riots of 1965
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Michael Lomax talks about the influence of his paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Michael Lomax remembers his early interest in reading
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Michael Lomax recalls his admission to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Michael Lomax remembers Morehouse College President Benjamin Mays
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Michael Lomax recalls his reputation at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Michael Lomax remembers the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Michael Lomax recalls the funeral service for Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Michael Lomax recalls his graduation from Morehouse College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Michael Lomax remembers taking classes at Atlanta University and Spelman College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Michael Lomax describes his theater involvement during college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Michael Lomax remembers his English literature courses at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Michael Lomax recalls becoming an English instructor at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Michael Lomax talks about his wife, Pearl Cleage's family background
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Michael Lomax remembers moving with Pearl Cleage to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Michael Lomax talks about the Black Power movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Michael Lomax remembers the Black Arts Movement in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Michael Lomax talks about his dissertation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Michael Lomax recalls the start of his political career in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Michael Lomax recalls his election to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Michael Lomax talks about the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Michael Lomax describes his work on the Fulton County Board of Commissioners
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Michael Lomax talks about the administration of Mayor Maynard Jackson
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Michael Lomax describes his time in the Office of Cultural Affairs in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Michael Lomax describes the opportunities for black artists in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Michael Lomax describes the opportunities for black artists in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Michael Lomax talks about the expansion of the William B. Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Michael Lomax remembers his decision to leave politics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Michael Lomax talks about the City of Atlanta's bid for the 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Michael Lomax recalls his decision to pursue a college presidency