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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Historian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken Livers
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Take One Day At A Time.

Birthplace

Born:
8/21/1937
Birth Location:
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Historian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken Livers
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Take One Day At A Time.

Birthplace

Born:
8/21/1937
Birth Location:
New Bedford
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Biography

Robert C. Hayden, Jr. is a historian, author, and educator, who has contributed to African American historiography for thirty-five years. He is the author, co-author, and editor of nineteen books and special publications in the field. Alongside his historical research, writing and teaching, he served for thirty-two years in numerous educational positions – as an ethnic studies curriculum developer and as a project administrator in urban school projects across the country. He is the founder and president of RCH Associates that provides African American history services and resources to educators and a range of public and private institutions, organizations and community groups.

Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on August 21, 1937, Hayden graduated from New Bedford High School in 1955. He attended Boston University, receiving his B.A. degree in 1959 and his master’s degree in 1961. He completed two post-graduate fellowships --one at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and another in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) between 1976 and 1977. Between 1994 and 1995, he was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.

Between 1961 and 1965, Hayden worked as a middle school teacher. In 1966, Hayden became an editor with Xerox Education Division, serving in that capacity for three years. From 1970 to 1973, he was the executive director of the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity in Boston. In 1974, he moved to the Education Development Center in Newton, Massachusetts where he directed ethnic heritage studies projects for urban school districts. In 1980, he became the director of MIT’s Secondary Technical Education Project. From 1982 to 1987, he served as an assistant superintendent in the Boston Public School System. Before retiring in 1992, Hayden served for five years as the executive director of the Massachusetts Pre-engineering Program.

Hayden is known for his three pioneering works in the 1970s on the history of African Americans in science, technology and medicine. From 1974 to 1983, he wrote a weekly column, “Boston’s Black History”, for the Bay State Banner newspaper in Boston. He was a contributing writer for the Dictionary of American Negro Biography (1982) the Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History (1995), and American National Biography (1999).

Notable too, are his African Americans in Boston: More Than 350 Years (1991), and his African Americans and Cape Verdean Americans in New Bedford: A History of Community and Achievement (1993). In 2003, his first definitive biography was published – Mr. Harlem Hospital: Dr. Louis T. Wright. His most recent book is African Americans on Martha’s Vineyard: A History of People, Places and Events (2005).

Hayden has been a Lecturer in the College of Public and Community Service at the University of Massachusetts at Boston since 1992. From 1978 to 2001, he was a Senior Lecturer at Northeastern University and held the same position at Lesley University from 1992 to 2005.

Residing on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, he served on the Oak Bluffs Historical Commission from 1998 to 2000. He is the national secretary of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and the founding president of the Martha’s Vineyard Brach of the ASALH.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Robert C. Hayden recalls traveling with his family outside of New Bedford, Massachusetts for the first time
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his father's retirement from the United States Postal Service
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Robert C. Hayden shares his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Robert C. Hayden describes growing up in New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Robert C. Hayden describes the sights, sound and smells of growing up in New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his childhood activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Robert C. Hayden remembers his experience at Thomas R. Rodman Elementary School in New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his academic interests during his time at New Bedford High School in New Bedford, Massachusetts
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his interest in sports while growing up and the impact of the Brooklyn Dodgers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his family's religious involvement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Robert C. Hayden talks about the process for his acceptance to Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Robert C. Hayden shares his recollections of Howard Thurman's tenure as dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Robert C. Hayden recalls Greek life at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his courses at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his employment at Lahey Clinic following his graduation from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Robert C. Hayden remembers his student teaching experience in Newton Public Schools in Newton, Massachusetts in the early 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his mentor at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his experiences teaching science at John Wingate Weeks Junior High School in Newton, Massachusetts in the early 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his opportunity to study at Harvard University for the National Science Foundation's Academic Year Institute
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Robert C. Hayden remembers his involvement as an educator during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Robert C. Hayden talks about working as a science editor for the Xerox Corporation education division
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his experiences writing and testing curricular material while science editor for Xerox Corporation's education division
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Robert C. Hayden talks about publishing three books on African Americans in science and technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Robert C. Hayden explains how his scientific background informed his process writing books about African American scientists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Robert C. Hayden talks about researching the life and career of Dr. Charles Henry Turner, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Robert C. Hayden talks about researching the life and career of Dr. Charles Henry Turner, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Robert C. Hayden describes how he came to work for the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his responsibilities as director of the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his membership in the Association for the Study of African American Life & History, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his membership in the Association for the Study of African American Life & History, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Robert C. Hayden talks about writing a weekly science column for the Bay State Banner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his career as a college lecturer in Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Robert C. Hayden describes his year as scholar-in-residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his research experiences in New York, New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his research experiences in New York, New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Robert C. Hayden talks about finding a place to live in New York, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his relationship with Dr. John Henrik Clarke, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his relationship with Dr. John Henrik Clarke, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Robert C. Hayden describes how he came to work for the Community Fellows Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Robert C. Hayden describes his responsibilities for the Community Fellows Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Robert C. Hayden talks about becoming deputy superintendent of Boston Public Schools
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his employment with Boston Public Schools in the 1980s and 1990s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his books based on locations in Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his research for his recent books
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his book 'William E. B. Du Bois, Family and Friendship: Another Side of the Man' co-written with Katherine Bell Banks, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his book 'William E. B. Du Bois, Family and Friendship: Another Side of the Man' co-written with Katherine Bell Banks, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his research on William Monroe Trotter
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Robert C. Hayden talks about the circumstances surrounding William Monroe Trotter's death
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Robert C. Hayden talks about the development of his book, 'African Americans in Boston: More Than 350 Years'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Robert C. Hayden talks about writing 'Singing for All People: Roland Hayes, a Biography'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Robert C. Hayden talks about the presidential history of the Boston, Massachusetts branch of the NAACP
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his involvement with the Boston, Massachusetts branch of the NAACP
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Robert C. Hayden talks about the history of racial segregation and civil rights movements in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Robert C. Hayden reflects upon his career in education administration and African American studies curricula development
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Robert C. Hayden reflects upon his family history
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Robert C. Hayden describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Robert C. Hayden reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his children's educational and career achievements and opportunities
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Robert C. Hayden reflects upon the importance of having a well-rounded education and taking chances
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his life on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Robert C. Hayden talks about being confused with Robert Hayden, the poet
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Robert C. Hayden talks about his relationship with Robert Hayden, the poet
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Robert C. Hayden describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Robert C. Hayden narrates his photographs