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Phyllis Hicks

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Administrator
Newspaper Marketing Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/7/1943
Birth Location:
Omaha, Nebraska

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Administrator
Newspaper Marketing Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/7/1943
Birth Location:
Omaha
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Biography

Newspaper marketing director and nonprofit administrator Phyllis Jean Mosley Hicks was born on March 7, 1943 in Omaha, Nebraska to Juanita Agee Mosley and James P. Mosley, Jr. Hicks’ civic-minded grandmother, Emma Lee Agee, was a 1919 member of the church pastored by Reverend Earl Little (Malcolm X’s father) and was a childhood friend of the National Baptist Convention’s controversial Reverend Joseph H. Jackson, as well as Whitney M. Young, Jr. Her paternal grandfather Rev. J. P. Mosley Sr. led a demonstration to integrate the swimming pools in 1954 in Chillicothe, Missouri. Whitney M. Young was president of the Omaha Urban League, where Hick's mother worked as his personal secretary. Her mother played trumpet in an all girl band and her father was a saxophone player. Hicks studied piano and voice for several years and she was a member of the Elks Drill Team. She attended Long and Howard Kennedy elementary schools. Hicks was a member of NAACP Youth Chapter, worked on the school paper and was a member of the journalism club and the yearbook staff at Omaha Technical High School. Graduating in 1961, she attended Peru State Teachers College.

Married in 1963, Hicks took a job with the Power Electric Company and volunteered for Omaha Opportunities Industrialization Centers, Inc. (OIC). Hired by OIC in 1967, she produced eight pageants for the organization in addition to serving in as instructor and in an administrative role for thirty years. Hicks joined Sitel Corporation in 1998 as a quality assurance representative and trainer. Employed at CSG Systems, Inc., she served as product support analyst through 2005 when she retired.

Marketing director for the "Omaha Star," the oldest and only African American newspaper in Omaha, Hicks also writes a column called “It’s Just My Opinion” for the publication. She is the founder and mentor to “The Stepping Saints,” a local drill team. Hicks is the recipient of the Woman of the Year, the Black Heritage Award, OIC’s Thirty Year Service Award and the City of Omaha’s Living the Dream Award at the 2002 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.

Phyllis Hicks was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 5, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Phyllis Hicks' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Phyllis Hicks lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Phyllis Hicks describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Phyllis Hicks talks about Malcolm X's family in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Phyllis Hicks describes her maternal grandmother's civic involvement
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Phyllis Hicks describes her mother's community in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Phyllis Hicks describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Phyllis Hicks describes her family's civil rights activism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Phyllis Hicks describes her mother's work for Whitney Young
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Phyllis Hicks describes her father's upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Phyllis Hicks describes her parents' interests in music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Phyllis Hicks describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Phyllis Hicks describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Phyllis Hicks talks about the role of music in her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Phyllis Hicks talks about her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Phyllis Hicks describes her early activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Phyllis Hicks remembers her stepfather
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Phyllis Hicks remembers the St. Martin de Porres Club
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Phyllis Hicks recalls the basketball team at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Phyllis Hicks remembers Technical High School in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Phyllis Hicks recalls her decision to attend Peru State Teachers College in Peru, Nebraska
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Phyllis Hicks remembers Peru State Teachers College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Phyllis Hicks recalls singing at Peru State Teachers College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Phyllis Hicks describes the Civil Rights Movement in Nebraska
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Phyllis Hicks talks about Nebraska's Native American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Phyllis Hicks remembers reading African American publications
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Phyllis Hicks recalls her maternal ancestors' experiences after moving to Omaha
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Phyllis Hicks describes the start of her career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Phyllis Hicks recalls working for the Opportunities Industrialization Centers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Phyllis Hicks describes her projects at the Opportunities Industrialization Centers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Phyllis Hicks describes her later career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Phyllis Hicks talks about writing for the Omaha Star, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Phyllis Hicks talks about writing for the Omaha Star, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Phyllis Hicks describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Phyllis Hicks talks about the police shooting of Vivian Strong
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Phyllis Hicks recalls the black business district in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Phyllis Hicks talks about the African American community in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Phyllis Hicks reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Phyllis Hicks reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Phyllis Hicks talks about her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Phyllis Hicks describes how she would like to be remembered