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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader
Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red And White
Favorite Food:
Barbecue (Ribs)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard
Favorite Quote:
God Is Good All The Time.

Birthplace

Born:
7/12/1944
Birth Location:
Denver, Colorado

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader
Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red And White
Favorite Food:
Barbecue (Ribs)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard
Favorite Quote:
God Is Good All The Time.

Birthplace

Born:
7/12/1944
Birth Location:
Denver
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Biography

Civic leader and professor Philip Hart was born on June 12, 1944 in Denver, Colorado to Murlee Shaw Hart and Judson Hart. He received an athletic scholarship to attend Colorado College and transferred to the University of Colorado Boulder where he received his B.A. degree and graduated with honors as a student athlete in 1966, and was later inducted into the University’s Distinguished Alumni Gallery in 1995. He received his M.A. degree in social psychology and his Ph.D. degree in sociology from Michigan State University in 1974. There, Hart worked for the Greater Lansing Urban League and the Center for Urban Affairs.

In 1966, Hart joined the staff of the Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington, D.C. In 1971, he was recruited to lead the Joint Center for Inner City Change located in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood. Hart then served as superintendent of the Federation of Boston Community Schools. In 1974, Hart cofounded the College of Public and Community Service at the University of Massachusetts Boston. From 1974 to 2002, Hart served as a professor of sociology, department chairman and director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture.

In 1980, Hart along with business partner Marvin Gilmore, Jr. developed CrossTown Industrial Park in Roxbury with Fortune 500 technology company Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) as anchor tenant. In 1989, they repurposed an industrial building across from the DEC plant into a biotechnology facility with Boston University School of Medicine as anchor tenant and partner. This partnership led to the creation of BioSquare, Boston's premiere biotechnology business park. In 2016, Hart as a member of the Los Angeles Biosciences Coalition developed a plan to expand the biotechnology industry cluster in LA County similar to Hart's work in inner city Boston.

In addition, Hart wrote and produced children’s books and documentary films including the 1987 PBS documentary film Flyers: In Search of a Dream based on the history of his maternal great uncle, James Banning, who was one of the nation's first African American aviators. His children's book Flying Free: America's First Black Aviators was named a 1992 Notable Children's Trade Book in Social Studies. He also appeared in documentaries about early African American aviators Black Aviators: Flying Free and Black Wings. He authored, Early African American Aviators, and along with his wife, created and produced Dark Passages a documentary about the Atlantic slave trade. The Harts also wrote, produced and directed the three-hour nationally syndicated radio documentary Ray Charles: The Music Lives On.

In 1990, Hart and his wife moved to Los Angeles and joined West Angeles Church of God in Christ. In 1995, Hart joined the West Angeles Church building committee whose charge was to plan and construct the 5,000-seat West Angeles Cathedral in South Los Angeles. In 1996, he was named project manager for the Cathedral project which was dedicated in April 2001.

Hart and his wife, Tanya Hart, have one daughter, Ayanna Hart Beebe

Philip Hart was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 19, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Philip Hart describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Philip Hart remembers the musicians who frequented Al Hart's Barbeque in Salina, Kansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Philip Hart remembers visiting his paternal relatives in Wildersville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Philip Hart describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Philip Hart describes his parents' education and professions
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Philip Hart describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Philip Hart talks about his parents' experiences at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Philip Hart describes his parents' move to Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Philip Hart recalls his experiences in the integrated Denver Public Schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Philip Hart talks about segregation in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Philip Hart describes his father's career at the Denver Housing Authority
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Philip Hart remembers George L. Brown and Sonny Liston
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Philip Hart remembers his classmates at East High School in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Philip Hart describes his elementary school experiences in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Philip Hart describes his early interest in athletics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Philip Hart remembers his teachers in the Denver Public Schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Philip Hart talks about his early athletic career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Philip Hart describes his family life in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Philip Hart remembers his parents' discipline
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Philip Hart describes his basketball career at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Philip Hart recalls his position at the Office of Economic Opportunity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Philip Hart describes his involvement in civil rights activities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Philip Hart talks about his interracial relationships
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Philip Hart talks about his student activism at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Philip Hart recalls his U.S. military deferment from the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Philip Hart describes his graduate thesis on decision making
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Philip Hart describes his decision to move to Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Philip Hart talks about his role at the Federation of Boston Community Schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Philip Hart describes his early experiences as an administrator
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Philip Hart talks about his teaching career at the University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Philip Hart remembers building a facility for the Digital Equipment Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Philip Hart recalls developing the BioSquare center in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Philip Hart talks about his article, 'Planning for a Racially Diverse America'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Philip Hart talks about the redevelopment of urban communities of color
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Philip Hart describes his role in the biotechnology industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Philip Hart recalls his early research on African American aviators
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Philip Hart describes his research on the history of African American aviators
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Philip Hart talks about William J. Powell
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Philip Hart talks about the Bessie Coleman Aero Club and James Banning
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Philip Hart talks about his daughter
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Philip Hart describes his brothers' careers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Philip Hart describes his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Philip Hart talks about the West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles, California, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Philip Hart talks about the West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles, California, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Philip Hart talks about his mother's career in the Denver Public Schools
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Philip Hart recalls his family's musical activities
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Philip Hart reflects upon his parents' legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Philip Hart reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Philip Hart reflects upon his life