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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive
Administrative Lawyer
Presidential Advisor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Fish, Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Whatever You Do, Strive To Do It So Well That No Man Living And No Man Dead And No Man Yet To Be Born Could Do It Better.

Birthplace

Born:
6/23/1951
Birth Location:
Orangeburg, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive
Administrative Lawyer
Presidential Advisor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Fish, Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Whatever You Do, Strive To Do It So Well That No Man Living And No Man Dead And No Man Yet To Be Born Could Do It Better.

Birthplace

Born:
6/23/1951
Birth Location:
Orangeburg
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Biography

Lawyer and political advisor Ralph Bernard Everett was born on June 23, 1951 in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He graduated from Morehouse College in 1973 with honors from the Phi Beta Kappa Society and went on to attend Duke Law School, where he received his J.D. degree in 1976 and was an Earl Warren Legal Scholar.

Everett then went to work as a lawyer for the North Carolina Department of Labor in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was appointed as the Democratic staff director and minority chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in 1982, becoming the first African American to lead a Senate committee; he later became Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the full Committee. Everett achieved another “first” when he became the first African American to be named partner at the law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker in 1989.

Everett has advised several U.S. presidential campaigns, including Democratic candidates Ernest Hollings and Michael Dukakis. His political involvement continued when Everett served as the Senate Liaison to the Clinton-Gore Presidential Campaign in 1992 when Clinton defeated incumbent President George H.W. Bush. A devotee of the Democratic Party, Everett served as parliamentarian for the 1992 Democratic National Convention. With experience in telecommunications and policymaking, Everett served as the U.S. Ambassador for the 1998 International Telecommunication Union’s Plenipotentiary Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2007, Everett succeeded Togo D. West, Jr. as President and CEO of the Washington, D.C. based Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Everett has served on the boards of numerous community organizations, including the National Urban League, the Center for National Policy, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Cumulus Media, Inc., Shenandoah Life Insurance Company, and his church, Alfred Street Baptist Church, which is the oldest African American congregation in the City of Alexandra, Virginia.

Everett resides in Alexandria with his wife, Dr. Gwendolyn Harris Everett, and they have one adult son, Jason Gordon Everett.

Everett was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 1, 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ralph Bernard Everett talks about his paternal grandparents
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ralph Bernard Everett talks about his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ralph Bernard Everett remembers the Elloree Training School in Elloree, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ralph Bernard Everett recalls the sharecropping community in Elloree, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ralph Bernard Everett describes his father's leadership in the community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ralph Bernard Everett recalls his early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ralph Bernard Everett remembers his neighborhood in Elloree, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Ralph Bernard Everett describes the sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Ralph Bernard Everett talks about his parents' discipline
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ralph Bernard Everett recalls his early experiences of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ralph Bernard Everett remembers segregation in South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ralph Bernard Everett remembers the Orangeburg massacre
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ralph Bernard Everett talks about the response to the Orangeburg massacre
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ralph Bernard Everett talks about the Civil Rights Movement, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ralph Bernard Everett talks about the Civil Rights Movement, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ralph Bernard Everett recalls school integration in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ralph Bernard Everett describes his activities at Wilkinson High School in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ralph Bernard Everett talks about his schools' unequal resources
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ralph Bernard Everett recalls his decision to attend Morehouse College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Ralph Bernard Everett recalls his start at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ralph Bernard Everett talks about the students at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ralph Bernard Everett remembers the chapel services at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ralph Bernard Everett remembers the election of Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ralph Bernard Everett describes Morehouse College Presidents Hugh Gloster and Benjamin E. Mays
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ralph Bernard Everett remembers the required reading at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ralph Bernard Everett recalls joining the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ralph Bernard Everett talks about the Atlanta University Center in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ralph Bernard Everett talks about the notable alumni of Morehouse College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ralph Bernard Everett remembers his decision to study law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Ralph Bernard Everett describes the activism at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Ralph Bernard Everett recalls his decision to attend the Duke University School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Ralph Bernard Everett recalls his time at the Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Ralph Bernard Everett recalls his time at the Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ralph Bernard Everett remembers the Watergate scandal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ralph Bernard Everett describes the political climate at the Duke University School of Law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ralph Bernard Everett talks about his classmates at the Duke University School of Law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ralph Bernard Everett talks about the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ralph Bernard Everett describes his work at the North Carolina Department of Labor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ralph Bernard Everett recalls becoming a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Ernest Hollings
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ralph Bernard Everett remembers his arrival in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ralph Bernard Everett talks about U.S. Senator Ernest Hollings' political career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ralph Bernard Everett recalls the African American staffers under U.S. Senator Ernest Hollings
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ralph Bernard Everett talks about Thurgood Marshall and Thurgood Marshall, Jr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ralph Bernard Everett describes U.S. Senator Al Gore
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ralph Bernard Everett talks about U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ralph Bernard Everett recalls U.S. Senator Ernest Hollings' presidential campaign
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ralph Bernard Everett recalls serving as chief counsel of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ralph Bernard Everett remembers the Challenger disaster
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ralph Bernard Everett remembers his farewell party at the U.S. Senate
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ralph Bernard recalls meeting with African American congressional staffers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Ralph Bernard Everett remembers joining Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker LLC
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ralph Bernard Everett describes his career at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker LLC, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ralph Bernard Everett recalls his work on Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in 1992
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ralph Bernard Everett remembers Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ralph Bernard Everett recalls serving as a parliamentarian at the 1992 Democratic National Convention
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ralph Bernard Everett recalls the mentorship of Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ralph Bernard Everett talks about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Ralph Bernard Everett describes his career at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker LLC, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Ralph Bernard Everett describes his work for President Bill Clinton's administration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Ralph Bernard Everett remembers meeting Nelson Mandela
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Ralph Bernard Everett talks about the leadership of the Federal Communications Commission
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Ralph Bernard Everett recalls joining the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C., pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Ralph Bernard Everett recalls joining the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C., pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Ralph Bernard Everett describes the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Ralph Bernard Everett talks about the agenda of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Ralph Bernard Everett shares his advice for young people
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Ralph Bernard Everett talks about his son's accomplishments
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Ralph Bernard Everett reflects upon the importance of family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Ralph Bernard Everett reflects upon his life and career
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