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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Contractor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Everyone Wants To Go To Heaven, But Nobody Wants To Die.

Birthplace

Born:
9/6/1938
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Contractor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Everyone Wants To Go To Heaven, But Nobody Wants To Die.

Birthplace

Born:
9/6/1938
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Contractor and CEO of UBM, Inc., Paul King was born September 6, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois. Raised in a business-minded family, King attended St. Anselm Elementary School. Graduating from Mayor Daley’s alma mater, De La Salle High School, in 1956, King went on to the University of Chicago to study chemistry, the University of Illinois for construction management and pursued graduate studies in political science from Roosevelt University.

Working his way through college, King’s part time paint contracting work exploded into a full time business. He then faced the reality that the city rarely awarded jobs to black contractors. Keenly aware that public contracts were necessary for growth, King began to organize with other black contractors. He became executive director of the United Builders Association of Chicago in 1969 and a national officer in the National Association of Minority Contractors. In association with the Builders Association of Chicago and The University of Illinois King developed two courses in construction management for minority contractors. He spearheaded two national meetings that involved hundreds of contractors and a working alliance with Congressman Parren Mitchell. As a faculty member of Advanced Management Research-International, King lectures on affirmative action issues. He has also been a contract compliance officer for the United States Department of Labor. Today, King is the Chairman and CEO of UBM Construction with over 100 employees and contracts worth up to a billion dollars. He is also chairman and founder of the O’Hare Development Group.

Traveling to twenty-four states and over forty cities to speak about the plight of minority contractors, King’s economic and political views are published in Black Scholar, Emerge Magazine, and Black Enterprise. He is a lecturer at Roosevelt University in African Studies and contemporary black issues. King lives in Chicago with his wife, LoAnn.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Paul J. King's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Paul J. King lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Paul J. King describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Paul J. King describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Paul J. King talks about his role models in his father's family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Paul J. King describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Paul J. King describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Paul J. King describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Paul J. King describes his childhood interests and activities in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Paul J. King describes his memories of Jesse Binga and Richard Wright
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Paul J. King talks about racial boundaries on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Paul J. King describes his experiences at St. Anselm's School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Paul J. King describes his choice to attend De La Salle Institute in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Paul J. King describes his experiences at De La Salle Institute in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Paul J. King describes his experiences at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Paul J. King talks about joining Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Paul J. King talks about his family members' experiences in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Paul J. King describes his academic studies at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Paul J. King describes playing varsity basketball at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Paul J. King describes his experiences in the Civil Rights Movement, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Paul J. King describes his experiences in the Civil Rights Movement, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Paul J. King talks about his marriage and his first job after college at DeSoto Chemical
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Paul J. King talks about the absence of father figures for young black men in modern America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Paul J. King talks about the beginning of his career in the contracting industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Paul J. King describes his experiences at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Paul J. King describes his involvement with Communiversity in Chicago, Illinois in the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Paul J. King describes the beginnings of his efforts as a writer and speaker
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Paul J. King talks about a symposium on black thought in Sausalito, California in 1972
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Paul J. King talks about organizing to protest a construction project in 1969 in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Paul J. King talks about organizing to protest a construction project in 1969 in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Paul J. King describes the history of race in American construction unions
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Paul J. King talks about advocating for affirmative action in contracting before the federal government
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Paul J. King names the members of the Group of 12 at the July 1969 protest in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Paul J. King talks about changes in the involvement of African Americans in contracting during his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Paul J. King talks about the achievements of his contracting firm, UBM, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Paul J. King talks about the decline of trade schools in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of Paul J. King's interview, session two
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Paul J. King describes community organizing which led to the creation of The Chicago Plan for trade union desegregation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Paul J. King remembers negotiating The Chicago Plan for trade union desegregation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Paul J. King talks about the evolution of affirmative action programs since the 1970s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Paul J. King talks about the role of gangs in the African American community of Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Paul J. King talks about the role of gangs in the African American community of Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Paul J. King talks about returning former inmates to the workforce
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Paul J. King describes lobbying efforts with the Minority Business Enterprise Braintrust
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Paul J. King describes the early activities of the National Association of Minority Contractors
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Paul J. King describes working with Chicago Mayor Harold Washington to promote affirmative action
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Paul J. King talks about affirmative action debates in Chicago from 1983 to 2004
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Paul J. King talks about the need for activism in the 21st century, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Paul J. King talks about the need for activism in the 21st century, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Paul J. King describes initiatives to expand the role of African Americans in the construction industry
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Paul J. King talks about his efforts with Project Pride in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Paul J. King talks about the importance of lifelong learning
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Paul J. King describes his experiences at HistoryMaker Nathan Hare's retreat in the 1970s
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Paul J. King describes his writing career from 1973 to 2004
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Paul J. King reflects on the setbacks of the movement for affirmative action
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Paul J. King describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Paul J. King describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Paul J. King talks about his memories of Dr. Bobby E. Wright
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Paul J. King reflects on his 1972 essay "Delirium or Imperium," pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Paul J. King reflects on his 1972 essay "Delirium or Imperium," pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Paul J. King reflects on the Sutton E. Griggs novel 'Imperium in Imperio'
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Paul J. King reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Paul J. King considers what he would have done differently
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Paul J. King describes how he would like to be remembered