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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Producer
Writer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Turquoise
Favorite Food:
Scallops
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Oceans, Beaches
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/11/1938
Birth Location:
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Producer
Writer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Turquoise
Favorite Food:
Scallops
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Oceans, Beaches
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/11/1938
Birth Location:
Atlantic City
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Biography

Writer, producer and consultant Sheila Gregory Thomas was born on November 11, 1938 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Her mother was Hugh Ella Hancock-Gregory, and her father was Thomas Montgomery Gregory, a well-known educator and dramatist. Thomas graduated from Howard University with her B.A. degree in Spanish in 1961.

Upon graduation, Thomas was hired as a Spanish teacher in the Washington D.C. public school system, where she taught until 1969. Thomas then created, produced and began hosting the educational children’s television program The Magic Door on WMAL-TV in Washington D.C. The show aired from 1969 until 1973. In 1974, while working as an independent writer and consultant, she was engaged as media coordinator for the vice chairman of the D.C. city council. In 1976, Thomas was hired as a public affairs specialist for the National Park Service. She then accepted the position of cultural education specialist in 1977, remaining in that position until 1979, when she worked as an independent writer and consultant. In 1988, Thomas was appointed director of public relations for Diversified Engineering and Architecture. Then, in 1996, she was featured on PBS’s Frontline, in her interview of producer and writer, June Cross. That same year, Thomas began serving as vice president of Diversified Environmental, Inc.

Thomas has published a number of articles relating to her family’s history. In 1984, she wrote an article about her great-grandmother entitled “Margaret Mahammitt of Maryland,” which was published by the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History. Thomas also authored an article in 2002 about her father, Thomas Montgomery Gregory. In 2008, three family biographies she wrote for the African American National Biography project were published by Oxford University Press. Thomas has received the MAMM Award from the American Association of University Women, the Action for Children’s Television Award, the Capital Press Club Award, and the Ohio State Award.

Sheila Gregory Thomas was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 25, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sheila Gregory Thomas lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sheila Gregory Thomas describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about her mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sheila Gregory Thomas describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sheila Gregory Thomas describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about her paternal family's origins in Madagascar
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about her paternal great-grandmother, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about her paternal great-grandmother, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sheila Gregory Thomas describes her paternal grandfather, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sheila Gregory Thomas describes her paternal grandfather, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about her father's upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about her father's time at Harvard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about her father's career, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about her father's career, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about the Howard Players
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sheila Gregory Thomas describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about the Fort Des Moines Provisional Army Officer Training School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sheila Gregory Thomas describes her parent's personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sheila Gregory Thomas lists her siblings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sheila Gregory Thomas remembers her sister, Yvonne Gregory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about her siblings' careers, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about her siblings' careers, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Sheila Gregory Thomas describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about her family's move to Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sheila Gregory Thomas describes her community in Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sheila Gregory Thomas remembers Atlantic City High School in Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about the nightclubs in Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about segregation in Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about the home front of World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sheila Gregory Thomas recalls her influential teachers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sheila Gregory Thomas remembers her early love of camping
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Sheila Gregory Thomas remembers Rosalind Cash
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Sheila Gregory Thomas remembers June Cross
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about her decision to attend Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sheila Gregory Thomas describes her experiences at Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sheila Gregory Thomas recalls her foreign language courses at Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sheila Gregory Thomas remembers her honeymoon tour of Europe
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sheila Gregory Thomas reflects upon her time at Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about her husband
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sheila Gregory Thomas remembers teaching immersive Spanish courses
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about segregation in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Sheila Gregory Thomas reflects upon her teaching experiences
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sheila Gregory Thomas remembers developing 'The Magic Door'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about the contributors on 'The Magic Door'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about the availability of children's television programming
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Sheila Gregory Thomas recalls working with the District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Sheila Gregory Thomas remembers the cancellation of 'The Magic Door'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about the public television industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Sheila Gregory Thomas recalls the political opposition to 'The Magic Door'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about her paternal ancestors, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about her paternal ancestors, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Sheila Gregory Thomas remembers the documentary film 'Spanish Spoken Here'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Sheila Gregory Thomas describes the aftermath of the cancellation of 'The Magic Door'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Sheila Gregory Thomas remembers working for Sterling Tucker
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Sheila Gregory Thomas describes her career with the National Park Service
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Sheila Gregory Thomas recalls publishing 'Margaret Mahammitt of Maryland'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Sheila Gregory Thomas recalls appearing in 'Jaws: the Revenge'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Sheila Gregory Thomas recalls teaching Spanish at the Nathan Mayhew Seminars
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Sheila Gregory Thomas remembers interviewing June Cross
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about 'Secret Daughter'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about her son's environmental contracting firm
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Sheila Gregory Thomas describes her family history projects
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Sheila Gregory Thomas reflects upon her family's legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Sheila Gregory Thomas reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Sheila Gregory Thomas describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Sheila Gregory Thomas reflects upon her work with the District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about children's television programming
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Sheila Gregory Thomas reflects upon her professional legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Sheila Gregory Thomas talks about her children
  • Tape: 8 Story: 11 - Sheila Gregory Thomas describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Sheila Gregory Thomas narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Sheila Gregory Thomas narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Sheila Gregory Thomas narrates her photographs, pt. 3