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Riley K. Temple

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Telecommunications Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
The Changing of the Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/9/1949
Birth Location:
Richmond, Virginia

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Telecommunications Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
The Changing of the Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/9/1949
Birth Location:
Richmond
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Biography

Prominent, Washington, D.C. attorney and activist Riley Temple was born July 9, 1949 in Richmond, Virginia. He grew up in the same neighborhood as Douglas Wilder, former Governor of Virginia. He attended George Mason elementary school and earned his high school diploma from Armstrong High School in 1967. Other noteworthy Armstrong graduates include, Max and Randall Robinson, Oliver Hill and Paul Freeman. While in high school Temple participated in the drama club, marching and orchestra band and graduated number two in his class.

In 1971, Temple earned his AB degree from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania where he was president of the predominately Jewish fraternity, Pi Lambda Pi. He graduated from Georgetown University Law School in 1974. Temple accepted the position of assistant general counsel at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and served in that post from 1974-1977. He then went on to work as a legislative aide to Senator Charles Mathias, a Republican from Maryland. From 1978-1980 he was senior counsel to RCA Global Communications in New York. From 1980-1983 he went back to work on Capitol Hill as communications counsel to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Temple entered private practice in 1985.

Temple has been recognized for his community activism in raising awareness about HIV/AIDS. He is a supporter of the arts and has served as the president and vice president of Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage. He also serves as board president for True Colors, a national black theatre company based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has also underwritten several of the True Colors productions, including Langston Hughes' Tambourines to Glory scheduled to open in September of 2004. Temple has also endowed Lafayette College's David and Helen Temple Scholarship, named in honor of his parents, for study abroad and visiting lecture series in Africana studies.

Temple is currently a partner at Halprin Temple, a telecommunications law firm in Washington, D.C.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Riley K. Temple lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Riley K. Temple describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Riley K. Temple describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Riley K. Temple talks about his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Riley K. Temple talks about his mother's job as a saleswoman in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Riley K. Temple describes his earliest memories of growing up in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Riley K. Temple talks about the family and friends he grew up with in Richmond, Virginia, including HistoryMaker L. Douglas Wilder
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Riley K. Temple describes his brother, David L. Temple, Jr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Riley K. Temple recalls the sights, sounds, smells, and experiences of childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Riley K. Temple describes his childhood introversion and early reactions to his homosexuality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Riley K. Temple talks about his homosexuality and that of his brother, David L. Temple, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Riley K. Temple describes his grade school years at George Mason Elementary School in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Riley K. Temple talks about his childhood aspirations and his father's focus on excellence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Riley K. Temple talks about his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Riley K. Temple talks about his mother's relationship with his father's first wife's family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Riley K. Temple describes his junior high school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Riley K. Temple talks about his experience at Armstrong High School in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Riley K. Temple describes his extracurricular activities at Armstrong High School in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Riley K. Temple describes his decision to attend Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Riley K. Temple describes his experience at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania in the late 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Riley K. Temple talks about becoming president of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Riley K. Temple describes attending Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Riley K. Temple talks about working at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Riley K. Temple talks about working as counsel to U.S. Senator Charles Mathias
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Riley K. Temple recounts his work at RCA Global Communications in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Riley K. Temple describes being a guest lecturer for the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Riley K. Temple talks about his years in private practice
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Riley K. Temple describes his community service at the Whitman-Walker Clinic and the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Riley K. Temple recalls being recognized by Lafayette College for his work to combat HIV/AIDS
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Riley K. Temple talks about the endowments in honor of his parents at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Riley K. Temple describes the beginning of True Colors Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Riley K. Temple describes HistoryMaker Peggy Cooper Cafritz's Duke Ellington School for the Arts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Riley K. Temple reflects upon his graduations from high school and law school as well as the day he passed the Virginia bar examination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Riley K. Temple remembers his parents' deaths
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Riley K. Temple describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Riley K. Temple reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Riley K. Temple talks about one of his regrets
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Riley K. Temple narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Riley K. Temple narrates his photographs, pt. 2