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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
University President
Economics Professor
Education Advisor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo (New Orleans)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
Set Goals And Succeed.

Birthplace

Born:
4/18/1919
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
University President
Economics Professor
Education Advisor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo (New Orleans)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
Set Goals And Succeed.

Birthplace

Born:
4/18/1919
Birth Location:
Baltimore
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Biography

University president, education advisor and economics professor Samuel Myers was born April 18, 1919, in Baltimore, Maryland to David and Edith Myers, Jamaican immigrants. He attended the city's segregated schools, graduating from Frederick Douglass High School in 1936. He enrolled in Morgan State College, but later took a semester off in order to earn money by working on a ship. In order to address the severe poverty that he witnessed on his travels, upon his return to Morgan State, Myers decided to major in the social sciences and graduated with his A.B. degree in 1940. He then earned an M.A. from Boston University in 1942 before being drafted to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II, rising to the rank of captain. After the war, he attended Harvard University, studying under John D. Black and John Kenneth Galbraith, and earned his Ph.D. degree in economics in 1949.

Myers began his career as an economist with the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor in 1950. He then spent thirteen years at Morgan State College as a professor and chairman of the Social Sciences Department, where Earl Graves, Sr., the future founder of Black Enterprise, was one of his students. Myers then joined the U.S. State Department as an adviser on inter-American affairs from 1963 to 1967. As president of Bowie State University from 1967 to 1977, Myers successfully diffused a nationally-publicized 1968 student boycott, expanded the curriculum and increased student enrollment. In 1977, Myers was chosen to lead the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, where he helped persuade President Jimmy Carter to issue Executive Order 12232 in support of historically black colleges and lobbied Congress to pass Title III of the Higher Education Act.

From 1998, Myers served as chairman of Minority Access, an organization that seeks to recruit, retain and graduate minority students from predominantly white institutions. His numerous honors and awards include the Commandeur de L'Ordre National de Cote d Ivoire and the National Economic Association’s Samuel Z. Westerfield Award. Myers lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife, Marion, and has three adult children, Yvette, Tama and Samuel.

Samuel Myers was interviewed by TheHistoryMakers on September 16, 2003.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Samuel Myers' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Samuel Myers lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Samuel Myers talks about his Jamaican family heritage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Samuel Myers describes why his parents migrated to the United States
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Samuel Myers describes his family's participation in the West Indian community in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Samuel Myers talks about growing up in Baltimore, Maryland and his teachers at Frederick Douglass High School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Samuel Myers describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Samuel Myers describes his school experience in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Samuel Myers describes his favorite subjects in school and talks about passing a French exam at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Samuel Myers talks about his siblings and his activities at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Samuel Myers talks about the Great Depression and his family's political affiliation in the 1930s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Samuel Myers describes his decision to attend Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and how he was able to afford it
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Samuel Myers describes his trip to India in 1937, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Samuel Myers describes his trip to India during in 1937, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Samuel Myers talks about his experience at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Samuel Myers describes deciding to attend Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts and, later, Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Samuel Myers talks about being drafted for World War II and attending Officer's Candidate School [OCS]
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Samuel Myers describes his experience with racial discrimination in the U.S. Army during World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Samuel Myers talks about meeting his wife while in New Orleans, Louisiana with the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Samuel Myers recalls his duties in the Pacific in the U.S. Army during World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Samuel Myers reflects on his decision to leave the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Samuel Myers describes studying under John D. Black and John Kenneth Galbraith at Harvard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Samuel Myers describes economist John Kenneth Galbraith
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Samuel Myers talks about Gottfried Haberler and Joseph A. Schumpeter at Harvard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Samuel Myers talks about teaching at Morgan State University and HistoryMaker Earl G. Graves, Sr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Samuel Myers talks about leaving Morgan State University for the U.S. State Department
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Samuel Myers explains the history of Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Samuel Myers describes the changes he made as President of Bowie State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Samuel Myers talks about the 1968 student protests at Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Samuel Myers recalls joining the student protesters at Bowie State University and the changing demographics of the university
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Samuel Myers describes the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Samuel Myers describes the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Samuel Myers describes becoming chairman of Minority Access, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Samuel Myers describes the initiatives of Minority Access, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Samuel Myers describes his hopes for the African American community and reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Samuel Myers considers what he would have done differently in his life and describes how he would like to be remembered