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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Motivational Speaker
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
Whatever You're Going Through It's A Temporary Inconvenience For A Permanent Improvement.

Birthplace

Born:
9/14/1946
Birth Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Motivational Speaker
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
Whatever You're Going Through It's A Temporary Inconvenience For A Permanent Improvement.

Birthplace

Born:
9/14/1946
Birth Location:
Indianapolis
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Biography

Motivational speaker Patricia Russell-McCloud was born on September 14, 1946, in Indianapolis, Indiana to Willie and Janiel Russell. The youngest of three daughters, Russell-McCloud delivered her first major speech at the age of eight, before the convention of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church convention in Los Angeles. In 1964, Russell-McCloud graduated from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis and went on to receive her B.A. degree in history in 1968 from Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky. In 1970, she enrolled at the Howard University School of Law and received her J.D. degree in 1973.

In 1973, Russell-McCloud began working for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington D.C and by 1974, she was involved in a recommendation to the U.S. Department of Justice that eventually led to the Supreme Court case United States vs. AT&T , which broke up what was then the largest monopoly in the United States. Russell-McCloud received several promotions, eventually becoming the head of the Complaints Branch within the Broadcast Division of the FCC. In 1982, she met E. Earl McCloud, a minister and military science instructor at Alabama A&M University and they married in 1983. That same year, she left the FCC to begin her own motivational speaking business, Russell-McCloud Associates.

Over the past 27 years, Russell-McCloud has become one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the nation. Her clients include McDonalds, the United States Navy, Coca-Cola, United Auto Workers and a host of other prominent companies. Black Enterprise Magazine named her the fifth best motivational speaker in 1998. From 1994 to 1998, Russell-McCloud served as president of the Links, Inc. Her book, A is for Attitude: An Alphabet for Living was published in 1999, and she has released an audio CD of her speeches entitled Never Give Up and a separate recording of her speech The Power of Connecting . Russell-McCloud has received numerous honors, including the keys to more than 300 cities.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Patricia Russell-McCloud's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Patricia Russell-McCloud lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Patricia Russell-McCloud describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Patricia Russell-McCloud describes her father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Patricia Russell-McCloud describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Patricia Russell-McCloud lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Patricia Russell-McCloud describes the Haughville neighborhood of Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Patricia Russell-McCloud describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Patricia Russell-McCloud describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Patricia Russell-McCloud remembers the Woodrow Wilson School No. 75 in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Patricia Russell-McCloud recalls her social activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Patricia Russell-McCloud remembers speaking at a national meeting of the A.M.E. Zion church, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Patricia Russell-McCloud talks about her early influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Patricia Russell-McCloud remembers speaking at a national meeting of the A.M.E. Zion church, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Patricia Russell-McCloud recalls the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Patricia Russell-McCloud talks about segregation in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Patricia Russell-McCloud describes the music of her childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Patricia Russell-McCloud talks about Revered Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Patricia Russell-McCloud describes the music of her childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Patricia Russell-McCloud talks about her experiences at Short Ridge High School in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Patricia Russell-McCloud recalls her decision to attend Kentucky State College in Frankfort, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Patricia Russell-McCloud remembers joining the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Patricia Russell-McCloud describes her academic experiences at Kentucky State College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Patricia Russell-McCloud describes the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's service activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Patricia Russell-McCloud talks about her decision to attend the Howard University School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Patricia Russell-McCloud remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Patricia Russell-McCloud recalls her time at the Howard University School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Patricia Russell-McCloud remembers her peers and professors at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Patricia Russell-McCloud recalls joining the Federal Communications Commission
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Patricia Russell-McCloud describes her work at the Federal Communications Commission
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Patricia Russell-McCloud describes her role as the chief of complaints at the Federal Communications Commission
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Patricia Russell-McCloud remembers organizing a conference of black-owned broadcast networks
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Patricia Russell-McCloud remembers her retirement from the Federal Communications Commission
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Patricia Russell-McCloud talks about her membership in The Links
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Patricia Russell-McCloud recalls the history of The Links, Incorporated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Patricia Russell-McCloud reflects upon her legacy at The Links, Incorporated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Patricia Russell-McCloud describes programs during her presidency of The Links, Incorporated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Patricia Russell-McCloud talks about meeting Elizabeth Catlett
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Patricia Russell-McCloud recalls her changes to The Links' policies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Patricia Russell-McCloud talks about her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Patricia Russell-McCloud recalls her decision to become a motivational speaker
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Patricia Russell-McCloud recalls her start as a motivational speaker
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Patricia Russell-McCloud talks about her mentorship program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Patricia Russell-McCloud remembers writing 'A Is for Attitude: An Alphabet for Living'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Patricia Russell-McCloud talks about her stage play, 'Keep Rising'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Patricia Russell-McCloud describes her philanthropic activities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Patricia Russell-McCloud talks about her inspirational CD, 'Never Give Up'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Patricia Russell-McCloud talks about her role as a bishop's wife
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Patricia Russell-McCloud talks about her favorite motivational speakers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Patricia Russell-McCloud talks about her awards
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Patricia Russell-McCloud reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Patricia Russell-McCloud shares a message to future generations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Patricia Russell-McCloud reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Patricia Russell-McCloud narrates her photographs.