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Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Orange, Red
Favorite Food:
Corn (White)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Cool
Favorite Quote:
Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Birthplace

Born:
6/24/1933
Birth Location:
Niagara Falls, New York

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Orange, Red
Favorite Food:
Corn (White)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Cool
Favorite Quote:
Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Birthplace

Born:
6/24/1933
Birth Location:
Niagara Falls
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Biography

Policy scholar Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich is one of the most important intellectual leaders of the modern civil rights movement. Born in Niagara Falls, New York, on June 24, 1933, Scruggs-Leftwich is the executive director and chief operating officer of the Black Leadership Forum.

Scruggs-Leftwich grew up in Buffalo and earned her B.A. with honors from North Carolina Central University. She holds an advanced degree in public administration from the University of Minnesota and received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in city and regional planning and urban policy. Her research and opinions on issues of race, public policy and social justice have caught the attention of many. In addition to professorships at Howard University, the State University of New York, the University of Pennsylvania and George Washington University, Scruggs-Leftwich has served in several policymaking capacities at various levels of government. Previously she worked as deputy mayor of Philadelphia, housing commissioner for the state of New York, and deputy assistant secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Scruggs-Leftwich also co-owned three banking corporations in New York and has consulted on matters of municipal finance. She is in demand as a speaker on a number of issues.

In 1998, Scruggs-Leftwich became the leader of the Black Leadership Forum, a coalition of national civil rights and service organizations. Scruggs-Leftwich helps facilitate dialogue among top African Americans and across racial lines, becoming one of the preeminent thinkers and speakers on black leadership and urban politics. Among her many publications are Consensus and Compromise: The Making of National Urban Policy, Sound Bites of Protest and Standing with My Fist. Scruggs-Leftwich works as a commentator on News Hour with Jim Lehrer, writes a syndicated column for the National Newspaper Association, and frequently appears as a guest on public affairs and news programs. Scruggs-Leftwich was also the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship for graduate study in Germany.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks about her maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich shares stories passed down through her maternal family lineage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes her mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes her father's background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes her father's background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks about her paternal grandfather Dr. Lawson Andrew Scruggs' book, 'Women of Distinction'
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes her paternal grandfather, Dr. Lawson Andrew Scruggs, and his legacy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks briefly about the history of Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks about her grandfather's ministry and her family's religious affiliations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks about her father's background, pt. 3
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes her earliest childhood memories, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes her childhood interests and extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich remembers her childhood dog
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes her earliest childhood memories, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes her experience at P.S. 75 Elementary School in Buffalo, New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes her experience at P.S. 75 Elementary School in Buffalo, New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks about the discussions surrounding racism in her home
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks about her parents' intolerance of racism and their family's racially diverse community in Buffalo, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks about her father's experience with employment discrimination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes experiencing race and gender discrimination at Fosdick-Masten Park High School in Buffalo, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes her extracurricular activities at Fosdick-Masten Park High School in Buffalo, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes her college interests and application process
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich explains why she chose to attend North Carolina College in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes her experience as an undergraduate student at North Carolina College in Durham, North Carolina, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich remembers playing piano as an undergraduate student at North Carolina College in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes her experience as an undergraduate student at North Carolina College in Durham, North Carolina, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes her experience as an undergraduate student at North Carolina College in Durham, North Carolina, pt. 3
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes her experience as a Fulbright scholar in Germany
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes her close friends during her time studying abroad in Germany
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes the anti-Semitism she observed as a student in Germany, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes the anti-Semitism she observed as a student in Germany, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks about her return from Germany as a Fulbright fellow
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Second slating of Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich's interview, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Second slating of Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich's interview, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes her experience in Johns Hopkins' School for Advanced International Studies
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes taking an assistantship in the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks about working in urban renewal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks about her aptitude for urban planning and her parents' civil rights advocacy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks about her aptitude for urban planning and her parents' civil rights advocacy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich lists academic faculty and mentors, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich lists academic faculty and mentors, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks about the impact of the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations on urban development
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks about studying urban planning at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich explains the Model Cities Program, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich explains the Model Cities Program, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks about completing her Ph.D. coursework at the University of Pennsylvania and joining the faculty of Howard University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks about joining the Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Carter administration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks about the U.S. government's exclusion of African Americans from urban policy decision-making
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes managing a
  • 100 million discretionary fund within the Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks about leaving the Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich remembers Patricia Roberts Harris, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Jimmy Carter
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich critiques former U.S. President Jimmy Carter
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks about her return to Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks about the death of her mother and migrating back to Buffalo, New York in 1981
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes her tenure in the State Housing Agency and her appointment to commissioner of Housing and Community Renewal
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes her tenure as state commissioner of Housing and Community Renewal under Governor Mario Cuomo
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes the criticism she received as State Commissioner of Housing and Community Renewal because of her race and gender
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes leaving her position as state commissioner and being sworn in as deputy mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes her tenure as Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia and becoming co-owner of three New York banking corporations
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks about the closing of the banking corporations she co-owned with her husband
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks about joining the Urban Policy Institute and Executive Leadership Council in Washington, D.C., pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich talks about joining the Urban Policy Institute and Executive Leadership Council in Washington, D.C., pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich considers what she may have done differently
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich considers her legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich narrates her photographs