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Rufus W. McKinney

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Energy Chief Executive
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
If Your Money Lasts, Your Luck Will Change.

Birthplace

Born:
8/6/1930
Birth Location:
Jonesboro, Arkansas

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Energy Chief Executive
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
If Your Money Lasts, Your Luck Will Change.

Birthplace

Born:
8/6/1930
Birth Location:
Jonesboro
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Biography

Rufus William McKinney was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on August 5, 1930. McKinney was one of twelve children born to his parents, a minister and a homemaker. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in Jonesboro, McKinney attended Arkansas AM&N College, earning his B.A. in 1953. Upon graduation, he moved to Indiana, where he attended Indiana University and earned his J.D. in 1956. '

Following his graduation from law school, McKinney was hired by the United States Department of Labor as an attorney and adviser. He remained with the Department of Labor for thirteen years and joined Pacific Light Corporation in 1969 as an attorney. Within two year, he had risen to the position of senior attorney. In 1972, McKinney became assistant vice president with Southern California Gas Company, and in 1975 he was named vice president for national public affairs. He remained with Southern California Gas until his retirement in 1992.

McKinney has been active outside of his career as well. While serving with the Department of Labor in 1963, he became the vice president of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the NAACP, a position he held until 1969. During that time he was also active with the National Urban League. In 1977, he co-founded the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), serving as chairman in 1980, and remaining active on the board of directors since. The AABE is devoted to ensuring that minority voices are heard when energy policy is deliberated. McKinney also serves on the Maryland Commission on Human Relations and is a member of the Epsilon Boule Fraternity. McKinney and his wife, Glendonia, live in Maryland. They have four children.






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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Rufus W. McKinney's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Rufus W. McKinney lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Rufus W. McKinney describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Rufus W. McKinney describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Rufus W. McKinney describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Rufus W. McKinney lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Rufus W. McKinney describes his childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about his father's jobs and ministry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Rufus W. McKinney describes the sights, sounds, and smells of Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Rufus W. McKinney recalls his community in Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Rufus W. McKinney shares memories of attending a one-room schoolhouse
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Rufus W. McKinney recalls when his older brother moved to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Rufus W. McKinney describes his family life as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about his father's church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about his religious views
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Rufus W. McKinney describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Rufus W. McKinney describes attending Booker T. Washington School in Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Rufus W. McKinney remembers his teachers at Booker T. Washington School in Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Rufus W. McKinney remembers winning third place in the New Farmers of America Public Speaking Contest, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Rufus W. McKinney remembers winning third place in the New Farmers of America speech contest, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about missing a year of school in 1936
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Rufus W. McKinney describes the high attrition at Booker T. Washington High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Rufus W. McKinney describes Arkansas AM&N College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Rufus W. McKinney describes the debate team at Arkansas AM&N College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Rufus W. McKinney describes learning how to become a good debater
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about marrying Dorothy Davis in college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about working during college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about his decision to become a lawyer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about white lawyers' representation of black people in the 1950s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about Professor Simon Haley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Rufus W. McKinney recalls working at Hesston's Grocery during college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about his decision to attend law school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about the issue of race in Bloomington, Indiana in the early 1950s, pt.1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about the issue of race in Bloomington, Indiana in the early 1950s, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Rufus W. McKinney describes his first year at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Rufus W. McKinney describes his first year at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about finishing fifth in his class during his first year of law school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Rufus W. McKinney describes race relations at Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about the 1954 Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Rufus W. McKinney shares his views on legal principles and race
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about his family life during law school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Rufus W. McKinney describes his law school colleagues
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Rufus W. McKinney recalls his difficulty getting hired after law school
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about recruiting black lawyers to work for the federal government
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about being hired at the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Rufus W. McKinney describes his work at the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Rufus W. McKinney describes his colleagues at the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Rufus W. McKinney describes affirmative action and the Philadelphia Plan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Rufus W. McKinney recalls the success of recruiting black lawyers to the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about working with unions at the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Rufus W. McKinney describes the Welfare and Pension Plans Disclosure Act
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Rufus W. McKinney describes the Landrum-Griffin Act
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about government pay
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Rufus W. McKinney describes being Special Assistant to the Secretary of Labor
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about leaving his job as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Labor
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about moving to California in 1969
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Rufus W. McKinney describes working at Pacific Light Corporation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Rufus W. McKinney describes practicing utility law in California
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Rufus W. McKinney describes legal issues facing California utilities
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Rufus W. McKinney explains why he transferred to Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about transferring to Washington, D.C. in 1972
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about the relationships he formed in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Rufus W. McKinney describes the growth of his Washington, D.C. office
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Rufus W. McKinney reflects upon his twenty year career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Rufus W. McKinney outlines why he was successful as a lobbyist
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about his success as a lobbyist
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Rufus W. McKinney describes lobbying during President Richard Nixon's administration
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Rufus W. McKinney recalls some issues that arose during his time as a lobbyist
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about enjoying his career as a lobbyist
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about his retirement
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Rufus W. McKinney describes his consulting work
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Rufus W. McKinney describes his future plans
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Rufus W. McKinney describes his involvement with the NAACP
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Rufus W. McKinney recalls the NAACP negotiations during Lyndon B. Johnson's inauguration in 1965 and other cases of discrimination
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about his parents' pride in his success
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Rufus W. McKinney talks about his children and grandchildren
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Rufus W. McKinney reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Rufus W. McKinney narrates his photographs