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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Psychologist
African American Studies Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Light Blue
Favorite Food:
Greens, Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/9/1933
Birth Location:
Slick, Oklahoma

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Psychologist
African American Studies Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Light Blue
Favorite Food:
Greens, Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/9/1933
Birth Location:
Slick
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Biography

African American studies professor and psychologist Nathan Hare was born on April 9, 1933 in Slick, Oklahoma. As a young age he experienced segregation and tense race relations in Oklahoma. Hare planned on becoming a professional boxer until one of his high school teachers suggested he attend college, where he took sociology classes and switched his major from English to sociology. In 1954, he received his A.B. degree from Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma. In 1957, he earned his M.A. degree from University of Chicago. In that same year, he married his wife, Julia Hare, also a noted psychologist and sociologist. Five years later, in 1962, he earned the first of two Ph.D. degrees. The first Ph.D. degree in sociology was from the University of Chicago and the second Ph.D. degree, awarded from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1975, was in clinical psychology.

In 1961, he became an instructor and assistant professor in sociology at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Some of his students included Stokely Carmichael and Claude Brown. Later, in September 1966, he wrote a letter to the editor of the The Hilltop, Howard University’s student newspaper speaking out against then Howard University president James Nabrit’s plan to turn the university’s student body sixty percent white by 1970. As a result Hare was fired in 1967. In 1968, Hare joined the faculty of San Francisco State College (now San Francisco State University) and became the program coordinator of the school's Black Studies program, the first in the United States. This has earned him the title "father of Black Studies" by scholars. As the program coordinator, Hare created the term "ethnic studies" to replace the more pejorative "minority studies." Hare battled with the college administration and left the college just a year later, in 1969. Needing a way to express his thoughts and the ideas of others, he founded the scholarly periodical, The Black Scholar: A Journal of Black Studies and Research in 1969. He left the journal in 1975 to work as a clinical psychologist in community health programs, hospitals, and in private practice. In 1979, he co-founded the Black Think Tank with his wife, Julia Hare. The Black Think Tank addresses the problems and concerns that plague the African American community.

Throughout his career, Hare has served as a consultant and given numerous lectures and presentations. Furthermore, he has written several books and articles including The Black Anglo Saxons, The Endangered Black Family, Bringing the Black Boy to Manhood: The Passage, Crisis in Black Sexual Politics, and The Miseducation of the Black Child. He has been the recipient of many awards such as the Joseph Hines Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the National Association of Black Sociologists, Scholar of the Year Award from the Association of African Historians, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame. Hare was also awarded the National Council for Black Studies National Award for his distinguished scholarly contributions to Black Studies. Throughout his life, his love of boxing and learning has helped him to fight for social justice.

Nathan Hare was interviewed by the The HistoryMakers on April 5, 2004.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Nathan Hare lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Nathan Hare describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Nathan Hare talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Nathan Hare shares a story about his maternal great-grandmother's enslavement
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Nathan Hare shares his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Nathan Hare talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Nathan Hare describes his family life as a child in Slick, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Nathan Hare describes growing up on a farm in Slick, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Nathan Hare describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up on a farm in Slick, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Nathan Hare talks about elementary school in Slick, Oklahoma and junior high school in San Diego, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Nathan Hare describes winning six Oklahoma statewide academic prizes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Nathan Hare describes tense race relations in Slick, Oklahoma in the 1940s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Nathan Hare talks about going to Landmark Baptist Church and being baptized
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Nathan Hare talks about his teachers at L'Ouverture High School in Slick, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Nathan Hare talks about living in San Diego, California for two years during World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Nathan Hare talks about pursing his interest in boxing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Nathan Hare describes his experience at Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Nathan Hare describes the recognition he received from boxing and the deterioration of Landmark Baptist Church in Slick, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Nathan Hare talks about joining the U.S. Army Reserves
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Nathan Hare talks about being awarded the Danforth Fellowship and going to the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Nathan Hare talks about his influential teachers in college and graduate school, and taking a teaching position at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Nathan Hare describes his dissertations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Nathan Hare talks about teaching at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Nathan Hare describes being offered the position as coordinator of the black studies department at San Francisco State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Nathan Hare talks about teaching Stokely Carmichael and Claude Brown
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Nathan Hare talks about the end of his boxing career and the inspiration behind his book, 'The Black Anglo-Saxons'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Nathan Hare describes his concern about the race issue before the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Nathan Hare talks about his introduction to the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Nathan Hare describes his involvement in the Black Power Committee at Howard University and putting up bail for H. Rap Brown
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Nathan Hare talks about the formation of the Department of Black Studies at San Francisco State University in 1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Nathan Hare describes the pedagogy of the Department of Black Studies at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Nathan Hare talks about hiring professors for the Department of Black Studies at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Nathan Hare talks about creating the journal, The Black Scholar
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Nathan Hare talks about getting his Ph.D. in Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Nathan Hare talks about the Black Think Tank
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Nathan Hare describes being a boxer and an academic
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Nathan Hare talks about his regrets in life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Nathan Hare describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Nathan Hare describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Nathan Hare narrates his photographs