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W. Gregory Wims

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Business Consulting Chief Executive
Association Branch Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southern California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/2/1949
Birth Location:
Bethesda, Maryland

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Business Consulting Chief Executive
Association Branch Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southern California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/2/1949
Birth Location:
Bethesda
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Biography

William Gregory Wims was born on September 2, 1949 in Bethesda, Maryland. His mother worked as a domestic and his father was a laborer. He earned his high school diploma from Gaithersburg, High School in 1968, where he played on the track and football teams and was active in civil rights sit-ins.

From 1968 until 1970, Wims attended Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. In 1969, he was named the Vice President of the Maryland Youth Commission. In 1970 he transferred to Howard University but left before earning his degree.

In 1972, Wims was hired as the coordinator for the Extension Service for the 4-H Club of Montgomery County. In 1974, he became the first male Head Start Teacher in Montgomery County and worked on Republican Newton Stears’ campaign for Congress. From 1976 until 1978, he worked as Stears’ legislative assistant and became the first African American professional from Montgomery County to work on Capitol Hill. In 1978, Wims became a legislative assistant for Congressman Melvin Evans. From 1981 until 1989, he worked in the legislative affairs office for the Secretary of Agriculture and a Special Assistant to the Director for Minority Affairs and Economic Development. In 1989 he started his consulting firm, Hammer and Nails, which assists local businesses in working with the federal government.

In the early 1990s, Wims served as the membership chairperson for the NAACP, recruiting more than a thousand new members. In 1994, he was elected president of the Montgomery County Chapter of the NAACP. During his tenure, he was successful in highlighting discrimination claims of African American employees at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH case received local and national media coverage and led to Wims becoming president of the Maryland NAACP chapter. In 1996, Wims founded the Victims Rights Foundation (VRF), an organization providing financial and emotional support to crime victims. Through the VRF Wims was able to provide thousands of dollars to the families of the Washington, D.C. sniper victims in 2003.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - W. Gregory Wims lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - W. Gregory Wims describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - W. Gregory Wims describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - W. Gregory Wims describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - W. Gregory Wims talks about his maternal and paternal ancestors
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - W. Gregory Wims describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - W. Gregory Wims recalls walking to school and childhood activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - W. Gregory Wims describes his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - W. Gregory Wims describes his childhood community of Stewart Town in Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - W. Gregory Wims describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - W. Gregory Wims describes his experiences in elementary school in Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - W. Gregory Wims describes his personality in elementary school in Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - W. Gregory Wims describes his experiences at Gaithersburg Junior High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - W. Gregory Wims describes his experiences at Gaithersburg Senior High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - W. Gregory Wims talks about his views on the Civil Rights Movement during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - W. Gregory Wims describes his experiences at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - W. Gregory Wims describes his experience attending Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - W. Gregory Wims describes his first jobs in public service after leaving college in 1972
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - W. Gregory Wims talks about working as a legislative aide in the United States Congress
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - W. Gregory Wims describes his experience working in the administration of President Ronald Wilson Reagan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - W. Gregory Wims talks about his role working on the 8(a) program for the federal government
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - W. Gregory Wims describes his involvement with civil rights issues and the NAACP
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - W. Gregory Wims describes his work fighting discrimination at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - W. Gregory Wims considers the effects of his work fighting discrimination at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - W. Gregory Wims describes his work fighting discrimination at GEICO and Hughes Network Systems
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - W. Gregory Wims describes his tenure as president of the Maryland NAACP chapter
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - W. Gregory Wims talks about organizing a task force to study discrimination in the federal government
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - W. Gregory Wims talks about his hopes for the future of the NAACP
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - W. Gregory Wims talks about starting the Victims' Rights Foundation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - W. Gregory Wims describes the work of the Victims' Rights Foundation during the Beltway sniper attacks in 2002
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - W. Gregory Wims talks about his hopes and plans for the Victims' Rights Foundation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - W. Gregory Wims describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - W. Gregory Wims reflects upon his life and considers whether he would have done anything differently
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - W. Gregory Wims talks about why he thinks history is important
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - W. Gregory Wims shares his values
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - W. Gregory Wims talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - W. Gregory Wims reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - W. Gregory Wims relates his hopes for the future
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - W. Gregory Wims narrates his photographs