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Naomi Jean Gray

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Healthcare Executive
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Red
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
Don't Walk Behind Me. Walk Beside. As We Walk Together, We Can Accomplish A Lot.

Birthplace

Born:
5/18/1922
Birth Location:
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Healthcare Executive
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Red
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
Don't Walk Behind Me. Walk Beside. As We Walk Together, We Can Accomplish A Lot.

Birthplace

Born:
5/18/1922
Birth Location:
Hattiesburg
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Biography

Naomi Jean Gray was born Naomi Jean Thomas on May 18, 1922, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Graduating from Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, Gray earned her B.S. degree in sociology from Hampton University in 1945, and three years later, earned her M.S. degree from Indiana University in Indianapolis.

A caseworker in the Foster Care Agency in Indianapolis from 1948 to 1949, Gray joined the Planned Parenthood Federation of America a year later. During her twenty years with Planned Parenthood, Gray established and directed seven regional offices throughout the United States and developed guidelines for community education and organizational programs. Gray became the first woman to serve as vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and as a social work instructor at San Francisco State University. Honored as an Indiana Distinguished Citizen, and cited for her work by the National Association for Sickle Cell Disease, Gray also founded and served as president of the Urban Institute for American Affairs. A cofounder and executive director of the Sojourner Truth Foster Family Service Agency, Gray also worked as a consultant for several health and family planning groups.

A member of many community organizations, including the National Urban League, the National Conference on Social Welfare, the California State Planning Commission on Minority Business Enterprises, and the San Francisco Health Commission, Grey also served as a member of the African American Child Task Force, the NAACP, and the San Francisco Black Chamber of Commerce. As cofounder of the African American Education Leadership Group, Gray worked to establish an academic elementary school in a predominately African American community in San Francisco. Gray also served on Mayor Willie Brown’s Task Force on Children, Youth, and Their Families from 1990 to 1993.

Gray passed away on December 29, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Naomi Jean Gray's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Naomi Jean Gray lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Naomi Jean Gray describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Naomi Jean Gray describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Naomi Jean Gray describes her family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Naomi Jean Gray describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Naomi Jean Gray describes her oldest sister, Willa Thomas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Naomi Jean Gray describes her brother, Edward Thomas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Naomi Jean Gray describes her middle sister, Doris Thomas, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Naomi Jean Gray describes her youngest sister, Ruth Thomas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Naomi Jean Gray describes her middle sister, Doris Thomas, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Naomi Jean Gray remembers segregation in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Naomi Jean Gray remembers her grandmother's cooking
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Naomi Jean Gray describes her father's perception of racism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Naomi Jean Gray remembers segregation in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Naomi Jean Gray describes attending Crispus Attucks High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Naomi Jean Gray remembers attending Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Naomi Jean Gray describes her social life at Hampton Institute
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Naomi Jean Gray remembers her field work in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Naomi Jean Gray remembers traveling with Planned Parenthood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Naomi Jean Gray remembers her outreach to migrant workers for Planned Parenthood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Naomi Jean Gray remembers traveling with Planned Parenthood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Naomi Jean Gray remembers an eventful NAACP meeting in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Naomi Jean Gray remembers working with Stewart Mott and Patricia Neal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Naomi Jean Gray recounts her difficulties at Planned Parenthood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Naomi Jean Gray remembers working with Native Americans at Planned Parenthood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Naomi Jean Gray describes being San Francisco's health commissioner during the AIDS epidemic, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Naomi Jean Gray describes being San Francisco's health commissioner during the AIDS epidemic, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Naomi Jean Gray describes her work to treat sickle cell anemia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Naomi Jean Gray describes her work in San Francisco schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Naomi Jean Gray describes her volunteer work
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Naomi Jean Gray describes being a mentor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Naomi Jean Gray shares her concerns about the regulation of cannabis in San Francisco
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Naomi Jean Gray describes her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Naomi Jean Gray reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Naomi Jean Gray describes her core values
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Naomi Jean Gray describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Naomi Jean Gray narrates her photographs