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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Activist
Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Broccoli
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
You May Not Get Everything That You Pay For In This World, But You Most Certainly Will Pay For Everything That You Get.

Birthplace

Born:
1/24/1944
Birth Location:
Grenada, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Activist
Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Broccoli
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
You May Not Get Everything That You Pay For In This World, But You Most Certainly Will Pay For Everything That You Get.

Birthplace

Born:
1/24/1944
Birth Location:
Grenada
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Biography

Educator, political consultant and activist professor, Robert Terry Starks was born on January 24, 1944 in Grenada, Mississippi. He earned his B.S. degree from Chicago’s Loyola University in 1968. He earned his M.A. degree in political science also from Loyola in 1971. In 1968, Starks served as a management consultant for Booze Allen Hamilton and a research specialist for the Chicago Urban League. From 1970 to 1972, Starks served as Director of Black Studies at Northern Illinois University and associate professor of political science. He joined the faculty of Northeastern Illinois University’s Center for Inner City Studies (NEIU CICS) in 1976 where he is associate professor of political science.

Starks served as an issues advisor to Reverend Jesse L. Jackson and political advisor to the late Chicago mayor, Harold Washington. He was the founding chair of the Task Force for Black Political Empowerment and has been the local chair of the Free South Africa Movement. In 2001, Starks founded the Harold Washington Institute for Research and Policy Studies at NEIU CICS. Since 1991, Starks has contributed a weekly column to N’Digo news magazine and hosted a show on WVON Radio in the early 1990s. He also was a contributing editor to Urban Affairs Quarterly.

Starks has appeared on WVON Radio’s On Target and on ABC-TV’s Nightline, the Today Show, C-SPAN, CNN News and CNN’s Crossfire television programs. His article “Harold Washington and the Politics of Reform” appeared in Racial Politics in American Cities by Rufus Browning. Starks is chairperson of the board of the Illinois Black United Fund and a member of innumerable civic committees. The recipient of a treasure of community award, he lives in the Woodlawn community with his wife, Judith and his children, Kenya and Robert. Starks has also authored a book on the political life of Harold Washington.

Starks was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 15, 2009.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Robert T. Starks' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Robert T. Starks lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Robert T. Starks describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Robert T. Starks describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Robert T. Starks talks about the South and West Sides of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Robert T. Starks describes his father's family background in Grenada County, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Robert T. Starks recalls visiting his extended family in Mississippi and working on the farm
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Robert T. Starks explains how his parents met at Camp McCain in Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Robert T. Starks describes his brothers, his parents, and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Robert T. Starks recalls his favorite childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Robert T. Starks describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Robert T. Starks remembers the 1955 murder of Emmett Till
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Robert T. Starks describes growing up in Mississippi and in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Robert T. Starks talks about the schools he attended in Mississippi, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the Hungarian Uprising
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Robert T. Starks recalls the African American community's reception of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and learning about communism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Robert T. Starks describes his interests while at Carey Dodson High School in Grenada County, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Robert T. Starks describes growing up on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois during the 1950s and 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Robert T. Starks recounts his decision to attend Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois and how he avoided the Vietnam War draft
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Robert T. Starks recalls his teachers at Carey Dodson High School in Grenada County, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Robert T. Starks describes the academic environment at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Robert T. Starks talks about athletics at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois and about college sports teams during the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Robert T. Starks talks about his civil right activism while at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Robert T. Starks recounts his student activism in Chicago, Illinois with HistoryMakers Fannie Rushing, Timuel Black, Kwame John R. Porter and others
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Robert T. Starks describes planning a 1967 conference at HistoryMaker Kwame John R. Porter's Christ United Methodist Church in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Robert T. Starks talks about fellow activists in 1960s Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Robert T. Starks talks about meeting SNCC leaders and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s influence in the South
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Robert T. Starks talks about pursuing a graduate degree in urban studies at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Robert T. Starks talks about working at Booz Allen Hamilton consulting and the Urban Education Center in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Robert T. Starks interprets public-choice economist Anthony Downs' explanation for urban decay
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Robert T. Starks recounts working in East St. Louis, Illinois for Booz Allen Hamilton, a consulting firm
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Robert T. Starks describes cultural programs he created as director of the Black Studies Program at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Robert T. Starks recounts how he got his teaching job at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Robert T. Starks talks about the faculty at the Center for Inner City Studies at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Robert T. Starks recalls the aftermath of Black Panther Fred Hampton's killing by police
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Robert T. Starks lists people he worked with at the National Urban League and the Black Strategy Center in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Robert T. Starks lists prominent black nationalists affiliated with the African American Studies Program at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Robert T. Starks lists prominent Chicago, Illinois black cultural figures like HistoryMakers Maulana Karenga, Phil Cohran, and Abena Joan P. Brown
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Robert T. Starks recalls African Liberation Day in 1972 and boycotting the South African Springboks rugby team in 1981
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Robert T. Starks recalls artists and activists in Chicago, Illinois like Anas Lukeman and Sister Christine Johnson
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Robert T. Starks talks about Communist activist Ishmael Flory, HistoryMaker Margaret Burroughs, and scholar F.H. Hammurabi
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Robert T. Starks recalls the 1972 National Black Political Assembly in Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Robert T. Starks talks about poet Amiri Baraka and HistoryMaker Jorja Palmer
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Robert T. Starks describes the relationship between Chicago mayor Harold Washington and HistoryMaker Gus Savage
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Robert T. Starks recounts the decision to have HistoryMaker Jesse L. Jackson run for President of the United States
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Robert T. Starks describes working on Harold Washington's campaign for Mayor of Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Robert T. Starks describes working on Harold Washington's campaign for Mayor of Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Robert T. Starks describes working for Chicago mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Robert T. Starks recalls the 1984 Democratic National Convention where HistoryMaker Jesse L. Jackson conceded to Walter Mondale
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Robert T. Starks describes the mayoral tenure of Harold Washington in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Robert T. Starks talks about conflicts after Chicago mayor Harold Washington's death, and about his successor, HistoryMaker Eugene Sawyer
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Robert T. Starks talks about HistoryMaker Eugene Sawyer's election as mayor by the Chicago City Council
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Robert T. Starks reflects upon the Harold Washington administration and the Free South Africa movement
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Robert T. Starks names world leaders he met as a local leader of the Free South Africa movement in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Robert T. Starks talks about the Million Man March in 1995
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Robert T. Starks reflects upon working with HistoryMakers Louis Farrakhan, James Bevel, Maulana Karenga and others on the 1995 Million Man March
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Robert T. Starks recounts how he first met HistoryMaker Barack Obama
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Robert T. Starks recalls HistoryMaker Barack Obama's senatorial and presidential campaigns
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Robert T. Starks analyzes HistoryMaker Barack Obama's past successes and continuing political prospects
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Robert T. Starks reflects upon the lessons from Harold Washington's administration
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Robert T. Starks analyzes HistoryMaker Barack Obama's political prospects at the time of the interview
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Robert T. Starks describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Robert T. Starks reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Robert T. Starks reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - Robert T. Starks talks about his family
  • Tape: 9 Story: 11 - Robert T. Starks describes how he would like to be remembered