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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
African American History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Beans (Red), Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Diego, California
Favorite Quote:
It Is What It Is.

Birthplace

Born:
4/3/1944
Birth Location:
San Francisco, California

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
African American History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Beans (Red), Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Diego, California
Favorite Quote:
It Is What It Is.

Birthplace

Born:
4/3/1944
Birth Location:
San Francisco
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Biography

African American Studies professor Ronald Gerald Coleman was born on April 3, 1944, in San Francisco, California, to Gertrude Hughes, a San Francisco School District food service manager, and Jesse Coleman, a railroad waiter/bartender for Southern Pacific and Amtrak. He attended San Francisco’s Pacific Heights and Emerson Elementary Schools and graduated from George Washington Senior High School. In 1966, Coleman graduated from the University of Utah with his B.A. degree in sociology. He was hired to teach in the San Francisco Unified School District and then at Sacramento City College.

In 1973, Coleman received his M.A. degree in social science from California State University, in Sacramento. Coleman joined the University of Utah faculty as an instructor of history and ethnic studies in 1973 where he taught courses on African American history. His work in history and ethnic studies has been presented at various professional meetings. He has also lectured on topics ranging from African American history to contemporary race relations in the United States. Coleman has written several publications including articles on western black history.

Coleman has served as a member of the University of Utah Senate; the Athletic Board; the faculty mentoring program; and the faculty affirmative action committee. He is also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Fraternity and is a life member of the NAACP. He has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Calvin S. and Jeneal N. Hatch Prize in Teaching, the 2000 Governor’s Award in Humanities and the Albert B. Fitz Civil Rights Worker of the Year Award.

Coleman lives in Cottonwood Heights, Utah.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ronald Gerald Coleman recalls his earliest experience of southern segregation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ronald Gerald Coleman recalls the murder of Emmett Till
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ronald Gerald Coleman recalls attending Pacific Heights School in San Francisco, California
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ronald Gerald Coleman remembers George Washington Senior High School in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ronald Gerald Coleman describes his parents' experience with housing discrimination
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ronald Gerald Coleman talks about playing football at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ronald Gerald Coleman remembers working at General Mills Inc.
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ronald Gerald Coleman describes the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ronald Gerald Coleman reflects upon his life
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  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ronald Gerald Coleman describes his family
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