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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Banana Cream Pie
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
You Bet.

Birthplace

Born:
7/8/1932
Birth Location:
Pensacola, Florida

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Banana Cream Pie
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
You Bet.

Birthplace

Born:
7/8/1932
Birth Location:
Pensacola
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Biography

Educational psychologist Percy Bates was born July 8, 1932 in Pensacola, Florida. Raised by his mother, Gladys Travis Bates, he attended Spencer Bibbs Elementary School and Booker T. Washington High School. After moving to Detroit, Bates ran track and played football at Hamtramack High School, and he graduated from there in 1950. Entering the United States Army in 1952, Bates served at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, where he sang with fellow soldier and pianist Earl Grant. After earning his B.S. degree in biology from Central Michigan University in 1958, Bates received his M.A. in vocational rehabilitation in 1961 from Wayne State University and his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Michigan in 1968.

In 1968, during a strike of black students demanding black faculty at the University of Michigan, Bates was promoted to assistant professor of education. At the University of Michigan’s School of Education, Bates served as assistant division director of curriculum, teaching and psychological studies and as director of programs for educational opportunity. He later became deputy assistant secretary of special education in the United States Department of Education.

Bates is a member of the Board in Control of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Michigan. He is also very active in University of Michigan’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee. A founding board member and former chairman of the Higher Education Commission of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, Bates has received numerous awards. Bates lives in Ann Arbor with his wife Cheryl.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Percy Bates' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Percy Bates lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Percy Bates describes his maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Percy Bates talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Percy Bates describes his paternal family history, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Percy Bates describes his paternal family history, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Percy Bates talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Percy Bates describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Percy Bates describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Percy Bates talks about his childhood in Pensacola
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Percy Bates describes church and the music of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Percy Bates describes Spencer Bibbs Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Percy Bates describes his experience in segregated schools and reflects on the pitfalls of school integration
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Percy Bates remembers being well-behaved in school from a young age
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Percy Bates talks about moving to Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Percy Bates describes his neighborhood in Detroit
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Percy Bates talks about his activities at Hamtramck High School, Hamtramck, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Percy Bates recalls an English teacher who cared about him
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Percy Bates talks about expectations around college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Percy Bates talks about his job in the U.S. Army base in El Paso, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Percy Bates describes starting college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Percy Bates remembers his friendship with musician Earl Grant
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Percy Bates describes his short-lived singing career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Percy Bates remembers becoming an A student at Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Percy Bates remembers the support of Bernard Meltzer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Percy Bates describes his decision to get a PhD in psychology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Percy Bates talks about receiving support from his mother, Gladys Travis Bates
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Percy Bates talks about his Ph.D. dissertation on motivation, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Percy Bates talks about his Ph.D. dissertation on motivation, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Percy Bates talks about the ways black people have been socially conditioned
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Percy Bates talks about the importance of questioning assumptions in learning
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Percy Bates describes his career path from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan to U.S. Department of Education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Percy Bates describes the demands of the Black Action Movement at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Percy Bates describes the peaceful Black Action Movement negotiations at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Percy Bates talks about his position for the U.S. Department of Education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Percy Bates describes his position as NCAA representative from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Percy Bates talks about the difficult choices of student athletes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Percy Bates describes the financial situation of college athletes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Percy Bates describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Percy Bates talks about his disagreement with Bill Cosby's remarks
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Percy Bates reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Percy Bates talks about being the longest serving African American faculty member at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Percy Bates reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Percy Bates talks about affirmative action at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Percy Bates talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Percy Bates describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Percy Bates narrates his photographs