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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
College President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Chateaubriand, Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
That's A Pretty Good Question.

Birthplace

Born:
6/29/1917
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
College President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Chateaubriand, Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
That's A Pretty Good Question.

Birthplace

Born:
6/29/1917
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

College president Dr. Paul Phillips Cooke was born on June 29, 1917 in New York City to Mamie Kathleen Phillips and Louis Philips Cooke, Sr. Cooke attended Garrison Elementary School and Garnet-Patterson Junior High School, both in Washington, D.C. He earned a diploma from Dunbar High School where he played on the baseball team and was a member of the Cadet Corps. During his senior year in 1933, his company was asked to perform at a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

From 1933 to 1937, Cooke attended Miner Teachers College in Washington, D.C. where he earned his B.S. degree. He continued his studies at New York University where he earned his M.A. degree in education. In 1943, Cooke earned another M.A. degree in English from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and completed his studies with an Ed.D. degree from Columbia University in 1947. While attending Columbia, Cooke was drafted and served in the U.S. Army between 1945 and 1946, after which he was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal. In 1951, Cooke worked to assist Washington D.C. area African American deaf children who were being sent out of the city for their education while white deaf students from the city were being taught at Kendall School. Cooke worked as a professor at the District of Columbia Teachers College for twenty-two years until 1966 when he was appointed president of the college and served in that post until 1974. In 1978, Cooke worked as a consultant for the World Peace Through Law Center, an organization that advocates for poor and disadvantaged people.

Cooke was a member of the World Veterans Federation, the American Veteran's Committee and served as an officer for the Catholic Interracial Council of Washington, D.C. In 1983, Paul Phillips Cooke Day was declared in Washington, D.C. by former Mayor Marion Barry and in 1986, the University of the District of Columbia awarded him with an honorary degree and also gave him the U.D.C. Legacy Award in 2004. The university also established the Paul Phillips Cooke Lecture Series and the Paul Phillips Cooke Scholarship Program. Cooke was also active in his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc., which awarded him the Laurel Wreath in 1995.

Cooke passed away on July 4, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Paul Cooke's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Paul Cooke lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Paul Cooke describes his maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Paul Cooke talks about his maternal and paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Paul Cooke describes his earliest childhood memories and his father's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Paul Cooke names his sibling Louis Phillip Cooke, Jr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Paul Cooke describes the Washington, D.C. community in which he grew up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Paul Cooke talks about his elementary school experiences in Washington, D.C. and New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Paul Cooke talks about his academic performance and aspirations as a young boy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Paul Cooke talks about his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Paul Cooke recalls his experiences at Garnet-Patterson Junior High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Paul Cooke talks about his experience at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Paul Cooke describes his trip to the World's Fair in Chicago, Illinois in 1934
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Paul Cooke talks about teachers who influenced him at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Paul Cooke talks about his rationale for choosing to attend Miner Teachers College in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Paul Cooke describes his experiences at Miner Teachers College and Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Paul Cooke talks about his educational trajectory in the 1940s after graduating from Miner Teachers College in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Paul Cooke talks about his experience in the U.S. Army between 1945 and 1946
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Paul Cooke talks about meeting his wife in the 1930s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Paul Cooke describes his four children
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Paul Cooke begins to describe his experiences as President of the District of Columbia Teacher's College in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Paul Cooke talks about desegregation activities at Washington D.C.'s National Theater in the late 1940s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Paul Cooke talks about his involvement in the 1952 court case, Miller v. Board of Education of District of Columbia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Paul Cooke describes his and the American Veterans Committee's involvement in District of Columbia v. John R. Thompson Co., Inc. in 1953
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Paul Cooke describes his involvement in the Worldwide Veterans Foundation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Paul Cooke describes Washington D.C.'s 1968 race riots
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Paul Cooke talks about working with Access to Law through World Peace Through Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Paul Cooke talks about his brief tenure at Beacon College in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Paul Cooke describes contemplating a legal career and his activities after retirement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Paul Cooke talks about his most important accomplishments
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Paul Cooke talks about the murder of his son and daughter-in-law by his grandson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Paul Cooke reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Paul Cooke narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Paul Cooke narrates his photographs, pt. 2