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Reverend Dr. Leon D. Finney, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Turkey
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico
Favorite Quote:
At The End Of The Day.

Birthplace

Born:
7/7/1938
Birth Location:
Louise, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Turkey
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico
Favorite Quote:
At The End Of The Day.

Birthplace

Born:
7/7/1938
Birth Location:
Louise
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Biography

Born in Louise, Mississippi in 1938, Rev. Leon Finney has devoted his professional life to the revitalization of urban communities. Finney is most identified with the Woodland Organization, a community development initiative. His leadership of the Woodland Organization and its $90 million in real estate investments has served to motivate many other communities across the country to initiate similar community development programs.

Finney earned an M.A. in Economics and Urban Community Development from Goddard College; both an M.A. in Theological Studies and a Doctor of Theology degree from McCormick Theological Seminary; and both an M.A. in Public Administration and a Doctoral in Public Administration degree from Nova University.

Finney founded the Christ Apostolic Church and serves as its pastor. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Lutheran School of Theology, the University of Illinois and Northwestern University, Presbyterian College of Korea and the Theological College of the Bahamas. In 1993, he joined the staff of McCormick Theological Seminary as a professor of African American Leadership Studies and Executive Director of the African-American Leadership Partnership (AALP). Finney is also the Chairman and Principal for the Lincoln South Central Real Estate Group, Inc.

Finney has served as vice-chairman of the Chicago Public Housing Authority and chairman of the Monitoring Commission for School Desegregation for Chicago Public Schools. He has also served as a board member for the Chicago Planning Commission, Broadcast Ministers Alliance and Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions. Finney has written several publications on economic and social development in our cities, including: Urban Disinvestment: A Counter Strategy, for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Neighborhood Economic Development-Myth or Fact, and TWO Model Cities Plan.

Finney has received various awards and honors for his professional and civic work. He married Georgette Greenlee-Finney in June 2002.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Leon Finney's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Leon Finney lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Leon Finney describes his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Leon Finney describes his relation to Congressman Mike Espy and HistoryMaker James D. Montgomery
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Leon Finney describes his maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Leon Finney describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Leon Finney describes his father, Leon Finney, Sr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Leon Finney talks about his paternal grandfather, T. J. Huddleston, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Leon Finney talks about his paternal grandfather, T. J. Huddleston, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Leon Finney talks about his paternal grandmother's relatives, the Montgomery Family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Leon Finney describes his father's entrepreneurial mindset
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Leon Finney talks about his mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Leon Finney describes why his parents relocated from Louise, Mississippi to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Leon Finney describes how his father started his chain of barbeque restaurants, Leon's Bar-B-Q
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Leon Finney describes where he grew up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Leon Finney describes growing up on Chicago's South Side
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Leon Finney describes living in Nashville, Tennessee as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Leon Finney describes the role of the church during his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Leon Finney describes his childhood interests and activities, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Leon Finney describes his childhood interests and activities, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Leon Finney describes going to the NRA Theatre as a youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Leon Finney describes why his father enrolled him in Catholic school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Leon Finney describes why his father sent him to live in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Leon Finney describes why his father enrolled him at Hyde Park High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Leon Finney describes how his family's support affected him as a youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Leon Finney describes his experiences in grade school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Leon Finney describes his experiences attending Hyde Park High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Leon Finney describes his perception of the African American social landscape prior to the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Leon Finney describes the diverse environment of Hyde Park High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Leon Finney talks about the sub-communities within Hyde Park Township, and which are served by Hyde Park High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Leon Finney reflects upon Hyde Park High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Leon Finney describes the social club he was a member of in high school, Lochinvars Boys Club
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Leon Finney talks about a party the Lochinvar Boys Club threw where Dizzy Gillespie was the featured guest
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Leon Finney describes why his high school social club was named the Lochinvars Boys Club
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Leon Finney talks about the friends he made through the Lochinvar Boys Club
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Leon Finney notes how the concept of the talented tenth underscored his high school social club, the Lochinvar Boys Club
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Leon Finney describes how classism, merit, and colorism influenced high school social clubs like the Lochinvar Boys Club and the Lassies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Leon Finney describes the concept of the talented tenth and its role with his high school social club, the Lochinvar Boys Club
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Leon Finney describes the students and faculty at Hyde Park High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Leon Finney describes being competitive in Hyde Park High School's integrated environment
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Leon Finney talks about well-known alumni of Hyde Park High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Leon Finney talks about his support of Hyde Park High School, and the issues it faces today
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Slating of Leon Finney's interview
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Leon Finney describes his aspirations as a youth
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Leon Finney describes why he enrolled at the University of Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Leon Finney describes his experiences in college
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Leon Finney describes why he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Leon Finney describes his experiences training for the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Leon Finney describes how he was assigned to be a policeman in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Leon Finney describes his responsibilities as a criminal investigator in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Leon Finney describes investigating homosexuality as a criminal investigator in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Leon Finney describes a homicide he investigated while in the U.S. Marine Corps, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Leon Finney describes a homicide he investigated while in the U.S. Marine Corps, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Leon Finney compares his experiences as an African American U.S. Marine Corps policeman during the 1960s to the experiences of his colleagues
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Leon Finney describes the prestige of being a U.S. Marine Corps policeman
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Leon Finney describes his experiences serving in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Leon Finney comments on the War on Iraq
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Leon Finney describes his reaction to the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Leon Finney describes how serving in the U.S. Marine Corps altered his thinking
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Leon Finney describes the clearinghouse numbers game
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Leon Finney describes working at the Social Security Administration and in the trader's cage at First National Bank
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Leon Finney describes how he became involved with the Woodlawn Organization
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Leon Finney describes resigning from First National Bank because of his father's heart attack
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Leon Finney describes how he became an organizer for the Woodlawn Organization, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Leon Finney describes how he became an organizer for the Woodlawn Organization, pt. 2