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Sidney L. Rushing

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
City Government Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Catfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
California
Favorite Quote:
Always Do The Best You Can And That Is All That Will Ever Be Required Of You.

Birthplace

Born:
8/20/1930
Birth Location:
Carthage, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
City Government Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Catfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
California
Favorite Quote:
Always Do The Best You Can And That Is All That Will Ever Be Required Of You.

Birthplace

Born:
8/20/1930
Birth Location:
Carthage
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Biography

Sidney Lanier Rushing was born August 20, 1930, in Carthage, Mississippi. After graduating from Jordan High School in 1948, Rushing earned a B.S. degree in political science from Mississippi Valley State University and an M.Ed. degree from Southern University. Rushing taught social studies in the Gulfport, Mississippi, city schools from 1958 to 1971.

In 1972, Rushing worked for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 1974, he was invited by a friend to apply for a management training position with Gulfport's Hancock Bank. Rushing was hired, and despite the discrimination he experienced, he rose from loan officer to vice president. As a bank official, Rushing opened up banking opportunities for other African Americans. Moreover, he used his knowledge of the community to inform his business decisions and the community supported him.

Civic-minded and service-oriented, Rushing serves on the boards of the Mississippi Resource Development Corporation, the PTA, St. Marks United Methodist Church, the Gulfport Planning Commission and is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He was appointed to the Mississippi Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges and is president of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. Rushing and other Gulfport activists recently formed the John C. Robinson Brown Condor Association to honor Robinson, a Gulfport native and aviation pioneer.






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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sidney Rushing lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sidney Rushing talks about his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sidney Rushing describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sidney Rushing describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sidney Rushing talks about his father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sidney Rushing describes his mother's occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sidney Rushing describes his mother's career as a teacher
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sidney Rushing describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sidney Rushing describes his experience attending Leake County Agricultural High School in Walnut Grove, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sidney Rushing describes the makeshift buses that he rode to high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sidney Rushing describes a teacher who affected him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sidney Rushing talks about the importance of Jeanes supervisors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sidney Rushing talks about gathering to listen to Joe Louis fights on the radio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sidney Rushing describes the curriculum at Leake County Agricultural High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sidney Rushing describes the size of Leake County Agricultural High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sidney Rushing describes his graduation from Leake County Agricultural High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Sidney Rushing describes his experience at Jackson State University in Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Sidney Rushing talks about his experience as a physical education major at Jackson State University in Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Sidney Rushing describes his enlistment in the United States Air Force during the Korean War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sidney Rushing describes being stationed with the United States Air Force during the Korean War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sidney Rushing describes his expertise in maps at the Eastern Air Defense Base in New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sidney Rushing describes his experience in the United States Air Force during the Korean War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sidney Rushing describes attending Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sidney Rushing describes becoming a teacher at 33rd Avenue High School in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sidney Rushing talks about the poll tax in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sidney Rushing talks about the cultural differences between upstate Mississippi and the Gulf Coast region
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sidney Rushing talks about Mississippi teachers not being allowed to join Civil Rights organizations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Sidney Rushing describes meeting Medgar Evers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sidney Rushing talks about his decision to become a teacher
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sidney Rushing describes his experience as a teacher in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sidney Rushing describes being hired to work at Hancock Bank
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sidney Rushing describes his experience working at Hancock Bank
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sidney Rushing talks about his success as the only black loan officer at Hancock Bank
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sidney Rushing describes the civic organizations where he is a member
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sidney Rushing recounts the career of John C. Robinson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sidney Rushing recounts the career of John C. Robinson, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sidney Rushing talks about his plans to build a monument for John C. Robinson in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sidney Rushing describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sidney Rushing reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sidney Rushing talks about how he'd like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sidney Rushing narrates his photographs