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Reverend Albert Richard Sampson

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa, Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
To throw all my ideas up to the moon; if I fail, I’ll land them on the stars, but at least I’ll be off the earth.

Birthplace

Born:
11/27/1938
Birth Location:
Everett, Massachusetts

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa, Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
To throw all my ideas up to the moon; if I fail, I’ll land them on the stars, but at least I’ll be off the earth.

Birthplace

Born:
11/27/1938
Birth Location:
Everett
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Biography

Activist and civil rights minister Reverend Albert "Al" Sampson was born on November 27, 1938, in Everett, Massachusetts, and graduated from Everett High School in 1956. He won the high school oratorical contest his senior year. Called to the ministry, Sampson attended Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, receiving a B.A. in 1963. Sampson earned a masters degree in cultural studies from Governors State University in 1973 and a masters of divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in 1977.

While at Shaw, Sampson was president of the Shaw Student Body and the campus, city and state chapters of the NAACP. He was arrested during Raleigh's student sit-ins and was selected by his fellow students to introduce the first public accommodations bill in North Carolina history. Rev. Sampson became involved with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1962 and served as campaign manager for Leroy Johnson, Georgia's first black State Senator. This led indirectly to Sampson being ordained by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Ebenezer Baptist Church in 1966. He was selected to study organizing and later worked with Rev. James Bevel to help organize Resurrection City for Dr. King's Poor People's Campaign.

Rev. Sampson became pastor of Fernwood United Methodist Church in Chicago in 1975, where he continues today. He played an important role in the campaign of the late Mayor Harold Washington as a member of the Task Force for Black Political Empowerment. Sampson is president of the National Black Farmers Harvest and Business Trade Cooperative and serves on numerous boards and organizations that stress the economic development of the black community. He served as a scholar consultant for the Black Heritage Bible and is currently the president of the Metropolitan Council of Black Churches in Chicago.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Al Sampson interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Al Sampson's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Al Sampson describes his family life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Al Sampson discusses his path to Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Al Sampson discusses his student involvement
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Al Sampson remembers his mentors
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Al Sampson reviews his professional associations after leaving the seminary
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Al Sampson expresses his admiration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Al Sampson discusses strategies for social change during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Al Sampson discusses his work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Al Sampson describes the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s vision
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Al Sampson emphasizes an international and multicultural approach to social change
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Al Sampson explains the black church's responsibility in organizing for social change
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Al Sampson describes some of the results of the Million Man March
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Al Sampson describes the black church's potential for social change
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Al Sampson considers the evolution of black leadership
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Al Sampson discusses his life's path
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Al Sampson discusses the emphasis on character throughout his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Al Sampson remembers influential figures
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Al Sampson discusses changes in his life in the 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Al Sampson discusses his grandchildren
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Al Sampson considers his greatest accomplishment, maintaining his integrity
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Al Sampson expresses his admiration for Minister Louis Farrakhan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Al Sampson considers how he'd like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Al Sampson discusses his plans for the future
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Al Sampson expresses his appreciation for the HistoryMakers project
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Al Sampson discusses sexism in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Al Sampson states the size of his congregation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Al Sampson discusses the media's response to his leadership
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Al Sampson discusses the effects of the media on black leadership
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Al Sampson reflects on the core issues of liberation struggles
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Al Sampson discusses Angela Davis and black female leadership
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Al Sampson remembers Chicago's first black mayor, Harold Washington
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Al Sampson discusses Chicago politics and economics in the 1980s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Al Sampson explains the evolution of black leadership
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Al Sampson discusses the role of gender in the liberation of African Americans