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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Ethnic Studies Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/11/1940
Birth Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Ethnic Studies Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/11/1940
Birth Location:
Cleveland
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Biography

Scholar William King was born on February 11, 1940 and raised in Cleveland, Ohio by Daisy and Melvin King. He has enriched the minds of young people as a college professor.

King graduated from Glenville High School in 1958 and attended Kent State University, where he studied psychology and earned a B.A. in 1966. He used his skills as an educator by teaching mentally retarded children in Canton, Ohio's public schools. Simultaneously, King served as a rehabilitation counselor for the State of Ohio. In 1968, King turned to the students at Walsh College, lecturing them about sociology. He became involved in Walsh's UPWARD BOUND program. Focusing on urban studies, he earned a master's degree in 1970 from the University of Akron. King moved to Syracuse, New York and enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Syracuse University's Maxwell Graduate School of Citizenship and Public Affairs while serving as assistant professor in urban studies at Utica College. When he received his Ph.D. in 1974, he was appointed to the graduate school faculty, where he still teaches. His course offerings include the politics and ethics of social research, African American scientists and inventors, blacks in the West, W.E.B. DuBois and Afrocentric research methods.

King has served as the publications unit director for the University of Colorado-Boulder's Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Race in America and the director of its black studies program. A member of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, the National Congress of Black Faculty and the National Institute of Science, he is widely published. King, who married Carla S. King in 1999, has two adult children: Kenneth and Camron.

King, William. Going to Meet a Man: Denver's Last Legal Public Execution, 27 July 1886. Niwot, CO: University Press of Colorado, 1990.

--How to Write Research Papers: A Guide for the Insecure. Boulder, CO: Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Race in America, 1991.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - William King remembers his neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - William King describes his relationship with his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - William King describes his mother's color consciousness
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - William King talks about discovering that he was adopted
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - William King talks about his mother's social class background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - William King describes his birth parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - William King recalls racial tension at Patrick Henry Junior High School in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - William King describes his burgeoning intellect
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - William King comments on the radio and television programming in the 1940s and 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - William King recalls attending Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - William King describes his job while attending Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - William King describes other jobs he held while attending Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - William King describes his social life at Glenville High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - William King talks about joining the U.S Navy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - William King talks about racism in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - William King talks about traveling in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - William King comments on the breakup with his girlfriend in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - William King recalls the lack of black history taught at Cleveland public schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - William King talks about John Hope Franklin's book, "From Slavery to Freedom"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - William King recalls listening to an interview with Malcolm X
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - William King talks about attending Kent State University in Kent, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - William King describes working at Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Kent, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - William King describes how mass education fails students
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - William King talks about why colorblindness is meaningless
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - William King talks about joining the Southeast Community Improvement Association.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - William King describes teaching black history and culture at Canton McKinley High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - William King talks about graduate school at the University of Akron
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - William King describes his relationship with his dissertation advisor, Dr. Willie Lamouse Smith
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - William King talks about W.E.B. DuBois and Oliver Cox
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - William King talks about the meaning of power
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - William King shares his view on urban riots
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - William King shares his vision for social change
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - William King reflects upon those who shaped his philosophy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - William King shares his view on the Black Aesthetic
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - William King talks about his M.A. thesis on the student strike at San Francisco State College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - William King describes his book "Going to Meet a Man: Denver's Last Legal Public Execution, 27 July 1886"
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - William King tells the story of the last public execution in Colorado
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - William King talks about the case of Andrew Green
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - William King describes the execution of Andrew Green
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - William King talks about issues with the case against Andrew Green
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - William King describes the historical presence of black people in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - William King describes his book on the history of black Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - William King talks about being a professor at the University of Colorado
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - William King describes his disagreement with college presidents
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - William King talks about being a black professor at the University of Colorado
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - William King talks about his teaching style
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - William King talks about his book, "How to Write Research Papers: A Guide for the Insecure"
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - William King describes his objectives as a teacher
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - William King describes the ethnic studies department at the University of Colorado
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - William King reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - William King talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - William King reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - William King talks about the value of oral history
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - William King describes his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - William King reflects upon his personality