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Sterling Tucker

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Executive
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Most Things Are Possible.

Birthplace

Born:
12/21/1923
Birth Location:
Akron, Ohio

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Executive
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Most Things Are Possible.

Birthplace

Born:
12/21/1923
Birth Location:
Akron
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Biography

Politician, activist and governmental appointee Sterling Tucker was born in Akron, Ohio on December 21, 1923. He attended the city’s public schools, graduating from West High School in 1942. From there, he enrolled in the University of Akron, earning his A.B. in 1946 in sociology, and his M.A. in psychology in 1950.

Following the completion of his master’s degree, Tucker moved to Washington, D.C., and in 1956, he became the head of the Washington chapter of the Urban League. He remained in that position until 1974, when he was elected to the Washington, D.C. City Council. While working for the Urban League, Tucker organized Solidarity Day, held on June 19, 1969, as a massive protest in the nation’s capitol. The event, led by Reverend Ralph Abernathy and Coretta Scott King, was held during the Poor People’s Campaign, and brought 50,000 demonstrators to the streets of Washington before the police disrupted the event. After four years of serving on the city council, Tucker made a run for the office of mayor, but lost to Marion Barry.

Following his defeat in the mayoral campaign, Tucker was named assistant secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and he remained there until 1981. That year, he opened Sterling Tucker Associates, a management consulting firm, where he continues to serve as president today. Tucker also spent the years of 1988 to 1990 as the drug czar of the Washington, D.C. government, where he worked to develop strategies for combating drug usage.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Sterling Tucker's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sterling Tucker lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sterling Tucker describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sterling Tucker talks about his maternal ancestry and maternal grandfather Columbus Vinson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sterling Tucker remembers his mother's personality and role in the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sterling Tucker explains his family's move to Akron, Ohio from Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sterling Tucker recalls stories about his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sterling Tucker describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sterling Tucker talks about his parents' meeting in Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Sterling Tucker describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood in Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Sterling Tucker remembers a fight with neighborhood bully Posey Foster
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Sterling Tucker talks about his childhood love of church and the reason for his reluctance to become a member
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sterling Tucker lists his schools and favorite subjects
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sterling Tucker remembers his favorite teacher at Samuel A. Lane School in Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sterling Tucker describes his experience with integration at West High School in Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sterling Tucker describes the strong bond among his extended family in Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sterling Tucker remembers being a sports reporter at West High School in Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sterling Tucker remembers his dreams as a teenager
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sterling Tucker remembers his passion for African American history and African American publications as a teenager
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sterling Tucker recalls his involvement with student councils in Akron, Ohio at West High School and University of Akron
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Sterling Tucker talks about his early work with the Urban League youth forum in Akron, Ohio and his opposition to its director George Thompson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Sterling Tucker reflects on a time when he offended a woman while advocating for African Americans to have lofty aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Sterling Tucker remembers being served by, and fired from, the restaurant where he worked in Akron, Ohio after threatening a discrimination lawsuit
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sterling Tucker remembers encountering discrimination during various speeches
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sterling Tucker recalls his decision to attend University of Akron in Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sterling Tucker talks about working full-time at Firestone Tire and Rubber Company while studying at University of Akron in Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sterling Tucker talks his involvement in student life at University of Akron in Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sterling Tucker remembers studying sociology under Harmon O. DeGraff at University of Akron in Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sterling Tucker explains why he was not drafted to the U.S. military during World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sterling Tucker describes learning to strategize while organizing for civil rights, pt.1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sterling Tucker describes learning to strategize while organizing for civil rights, pt.2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sterling Tucker remembers being hired by the Washington Urban League, pt.1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sterling Tucker remembers being hired by the Washington Urban League, pt.2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sterling Tucker recalls developing the National Urban League New Thrust program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sterling Tucker talks about his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sterling Tucker describes the Urban League's role in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sterling Tucker recalls housing discrimination through restrictive covenants in the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sterling Tucker remembers Washington D.C. becoming the first major city with a predominately black population in the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sterling Tucker describes the Urban League's 1964 March to the Ballot Box campaign, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Sterling Tucker describes the Urban League's 1964 March to the Ballot Box campaign, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Sterling Tucker remembers the significance of 'We Shall Overcome' and the March on Washington in 1963
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Sterling Tucker recalls conflict between the organizations during the planning of the March on Washington in 1963
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sterling Tucker recalls how his position in the Urban League put him in proximity of the federal administration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sterling Tucker talks about President Dwight David Eisenhower's role in the implementation of the Civil Rights Act
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sterling Tucker describes establishing the Peace Corp
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sterling Tucker talks about the 1964 War on Poverty
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sterling Tucker remembers President Lyndon Baines Johnson, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy's orientation toward racial issues
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sterling Tucker talks about President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy's naivete
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sterling Tucker recalls President Richard Milhous Nixon and Whitney Young
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Sterling Tucker talks about bringing Whitney Young's remains to the United States from Nigeria
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Sterling Tucker remembers his appointment to Washington, D.C. city council in 1974 and his collaborators in the city's home rule movement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sterling Tucker talks about the Washing D.C. City Council members' transition from activists to legislators
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Sterling Tucker remembers losing the Washington, D.C. mayoral election to HistoryMaker The Honorable Marion Barry in 1978
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Sterling Tucker remembers his time at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the resignation of HistoryMaker The Honorable Andrew Young
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Sterling Tucker talks about his management consulting firm, Sterling Tucker Associates
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Sterling Tucker recalls consulting for IBM on their policy in South Africa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Sterling Tucker describes his consulting work for Indiana Black Expo
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Sterling Tucker talks about his work with diabetes organizations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Sterling Tucker describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Sterling Tucker explains how he became drug czar in Washington, D.C. during the late 1980s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Sterling Tucker remembers his tenure as drug czar in Washington, D.C. during the time of HistoryMaker The Honorable Marion Barry's arrest
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Sterling Tucker talks about his stance on education issues
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Sterling Tucker talks about his parents thoughts on his success
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Sterling Tucker reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Sterling Tucker reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Sterling Tucker describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Sterling Tucker narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Sterling Tucker narrates his photographs, pt. 2