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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Lawyer
County Government Official

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mountains, Lakes
Favorite Quote:
It Is Hard, But It Is Fair.

Birthplace

Born:
1/6/1951
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Lawyer
County Government Official

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mountains, Lakes
Favorite Quote:
It Is Hard, But It Is Fair.

Birthplace

Born:
1/6/1951
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Wayne Keith Curry was born on January 6, 1951, in Brooklyn, New York; his father was a teacher and his mother was a homemaker and later a secretary. Curry grew up in Cheverly, Maryland, a bedroom community outside of Washington, D.C., where his family helped to integrate the neighborhood in the 1950s. He and his older brother also integrated the schools, being the first blacks to attend Cheverly-Tuxedo Elementary in 1959; he earned his high school diploma from Bladensburg High School in 1968.

In 1972, Curry earned his B.A. degree in psychology from Western Maryland College, where he was president of the freshman class. Following graduation, he worked as a teacher and director of the Child Daycare Center of Prince George’s County. In 1974, Curry took a hiatus from the professional arena and traveled across America; during his trip he earned money working at truck stops and slept at campsites throughout the country.

From 1975 until 1980, Curry worked in the Winfield Kelly administration. Kelly was the executive for Prince George’s County from 1974 until 1978. Curry’s career began as a staffer responsible for writing constituent reply mail; he later went on to serve as community affairs assistant, administrative assistant to the county’s chief administrative officer and senior assistant to the executive. While working for Kelly, Curry also attended law school at night, earning his law degree from the University of Maryland in 1980. From 1980 until 1983, he worked as a real estate and development lawyer for the Michael Companies. In 1984, Curry started his own law practice and became a well-known, successful corporate attorney.

In 1994, Curry returned to the county executive’s office and made history when he became the first African American to serve in that office. Curry served two terms as Prince George’s County Executive. Curry continued to practice law in the county throughout this time, and long after.

Curry passed way on July 2, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Wayne Curry's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Wayne Curry lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Wayne Curry describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Wayne Curry describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Wayne Curry describes his extended family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Wayne Curry describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Wayne Curry describes his childhood routines growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Wayne Curry remembers holiday celebrations from his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Wayne Curry describes his childhood neighborhood in Cheverly, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Wayne Curry describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Wayne Curry talks about his job working in a pet shop during junior high school in Cheverly, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Wayne Curry reflects upon growing up during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Wayne Curry recalls his experience desegregating Cheverly-Tuxedo Elementary School in Cheverly, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Wayne Curry talks about his academic interests and influential teachers in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Wayne Curry describes the social and academic challenges of integrating Cheverly-Tuxedo Elementary School in Cheverly, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Wayne Curry recalls his neighborhood's response to his attending majority-white schools in Cheverly, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Wayne Curry talks about his drive to succeed during his elementary and junior high school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Wayne Curry describes his social experience at Bladensburg Junior High School in Bladensburg, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Wayne Curry describes his interests and pastimes during his years at Bladensburg Junior High School in Bladensburg, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Wayne Curry recalls influential events and figures from his youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Wayne Curry describes his experiences at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Wayne Curry describes his extracurricular interests while at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Wayne Curry talks about his choice to attend Western Maryland College in Westminster, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Wayne Curry describes his dissatisfaction with the community at Western Maryland College in Westminster, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Wayne Curry recalls racist incidents at Western Maryland College in Westminster, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Wayne Curry describes how he became interested in the study of psychology at Western Maryland College in Westminster, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Wayne Curry recalls his initial jobs and travels after graduating Western Maryland College in Westminster, Maryland in 1972
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Wayne Curry recalls his travels throughout the United States during 1974
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Wayne Curry reflects upon the youth culture of the 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Wayne Curry talks about working for Winfield M. Kelly, Jr., County Executive of Prince George's County, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Wayne Curry talks about his early experiences working on political campaigns in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Wayne Curry describes his experiences at the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Wayne Curry talks about his hiring at NAI Michael Lanham, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Wayne Curry talks about his working relationship with Kenneth H. Michael, principal of NAI Michael in Lanham, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Wayne Curry describes his law career during the mid-1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Wayne Curry talks about how and why he chose to run for the county executive of Prince George's County, Maryland in 1994
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Wayne Curry talks about how his background prepared him for political office in Prince George's County, Maryland in the 1990s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Wayne Curry reflects on his election as the first African American county executive of Prince George's County, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Wayne Curry talks about the negotiations to build Jack Kent Cooke Stadium in Landover, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Wayne Curry talks about his contentious relationship with Governor Parris N. Glendening of Maryland during the 1990s, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Wayne Curry talks about his contentious relationship with Governor Parris N. Glendening of Maryland during the 1990s, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Wayne Curry talks about his future political plans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Wayne Curry describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Wayne Curry reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Wayne Curry narrates his photographs