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Walter Theodore Hayden

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Leisure Entrepreneur
Printing Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Barbecue (Ribs)
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/24/1926
Birth Location:
Tuskegee, Alabama

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Leisure Entrepreneur
Printing Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Barbecue (Ribs)
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/24/1926
Birth Location:
Tuskegee
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Biography

Entrepreneur Walter Theodore Hayden was born June 24, 1926, in Tuskegee, Alabama, where his father, Rev. Charles Hayden of Greenwood, Mississippi, was chaplain of Tuskegee University. Hayden attended Hudson Elementary School in Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated from Birmingham’s Parker High School in 1944; he was a pre-med student at Indiana University from 1944 to 1947.

In the mid-1950s, Hayden was a driver and broker for PR & R Trucking Company in Birmingham. From 1961 to 1964, Hayden was the owner and operator of Birmingham’s Star Bowl bowling lanes. Star Bowl became a meeting place and a secret sheltering place for civil rights workers during the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham. In 1964, Hayden moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he started Diamond Printing; soon thereafter, he began printing and distributing his own line of African American oriented greeting cards. In 1995, Hayden founded Fort Wayne Black Pages Business Directory.

A lifetime member of the NAACP, Hayden was also a member of the Urban League for twenty years, and for over sixty years was a member of the A.M.E. church. Hayden and his wife, Ernestine, remained in Fort Wayne where they raised nine children.



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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes his paternal great-grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes his paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes his father's career and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes his childhood family life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes his early childhood in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Walter Theodore Hayden recalls moving frequently during his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes his father's work as an A.M.E. minister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes his childhood activities in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes his school experiences in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes influential teachers from grade school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Walter Theodore Hayden recalls his interest in chemistry at A.H. Parker High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes playing football at A.H. Parker High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Walter Theodore Hayden recalls his ambitions to attend college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Walter Theodore Hayden explains why he chose not to become a minister
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes serving in the U.S. Army during World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Walter Theodore Hayden recalls his decision to leave the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Walter Theodore Hayden recalls his travels during his U.S. Army service
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes his early work experiences after college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Walter Theodore Hayden recalls the Civil Rights Movement in the early 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes his involvement in civil rights in Birmingham
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes the dangers faced by civil rights activists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Walter Theodore Hayden recalls the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes the tradition of civil rights protest marches
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Walter Theodore Hayden talks about why he left Birmingham, Alabama in 1964
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Walter Theodore Hayden recalls entering the printing industry in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes his company, Unique Greeting Cards
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Walter Theodore Hayden recalls working with black-owned businesses in Fort Wayne
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Walter Theodore Hayden recalls publishing the Black Pages in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes why he doesn't support black chambers of commerce
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Walter Theodore Hayden explains why black businesses have difficulty obtaining loans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Walter Theodore Hayden offers advice for African American businesses
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Walter Theodore Hayden reflects upon the legacy of Willie Lynch
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Walter Theodore Hayden reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Walter Theodore Hayden reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Walter Theodore Hayden talks about volunteering at area schools
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Walter Theodore Hayden reflects upon his relationship with his parents
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes his children
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Walter Theodore Hayden describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Walter Theodore Hayden narrates his photographs