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Richard I. McKinney

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
College President
Theologian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Trout
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
We must use our minds.

Birthplace

Born:
8/20/1906
Birth Location:
Live Oak, Florida

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
College President
Theologian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Trout
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
We must use our minds.

Birthplace

Born:
8/20/1906
Birth Location:
Live Oak
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Biography

Scholar and minister Richard McKinney was born on August 8, 1906, in Live Oak, Florida. McKinney graduated as valedictorian of his high school class at Morehouse Academy in 1927, and went on to attend Morehouse College. In 1931, McKinney received his A.B. degree in religion and philosophy; from there, he attended Andover Newton Theological School, where he earned his B.D. degree in 1934 and his S.T.M degree in 1937 in philosophy of religion. From Andover, McKinney went on to Yale University to earn his Ph.D. in 1942 with a focus on religion in higher education; he did his post-doctoral research at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, and the University of Paris.

While attending Andover, McKinney began his ministry in 1934, preaching at Pond Street Baptist Church in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1935, McKinney left Pond Street Church to join Virginia Union University as the director of religious activities and an assistant professor. McKinney remained at Virginia Union until 1944, eventually rising to the rank of dean of the School of Religion in 1942. Hired in 1944 by Storer College in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, McKinney became the first African American president of the school. In 1951, McKinney was recruited by Morgan State University to work as a professor and to chair the Department of Philosophy and the Division of the Humanities. McKinney remained at Morgan State University until 1978, rising to the position of acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

After leaving Morgan State University, McKinney returned to Virginia Union for a year, where he served as acting vice president for academic affairs. After leaving that position, McKinney continued his own research, writing, and lecturing, independently.

McKinney was listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Black America and in the Dictionary of International Biography. McKinney served as the chairman of the Board of Union Baptist Church, and on the Board of Trustees of the Enoch Pratt Free Library of Baltimore.

Richard McKinney, the father of two, grandfather of five, and great-grandfather of six, passed away on October 28, 2005 at the age of ninety-nine.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Richard McKinney's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Richard McKinney describes his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Richard McKinney discusses his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Richard McKinney remembers his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Richard McKinney remembers the sights, smells and sounds of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Richard McKinney reflects on media outlets of the early 20th century
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Richard McKinney reviews his early avocations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Richard McKinney reflects on his education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Richard McKinney recalls his participation in musical activities in college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Richard McKinney remembers lessons from influential instructors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Richard McKinney recounts episodes from his college years at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Richard McKinney recalls winning a fellowship to study the Quakers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Richard McKinney recalls working to fund his seminary education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Richard McKinney recounts his experience at Andover Newton Theological School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Richard McKinney reviews key concepts from ancient philosophers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Richard McKinney shares reflections on the black church
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Richard McKinney remembers his contemporary, Reverend Joseph Jackson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Richard McKinney evaluates mega-churches
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Richard McKinney discusses his early teaching post and his pursuit of graduate studies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Richard McKinney remembers influential instructors from his graduate years at Yale University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Richard McKinney details his tenure at Storer College in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Richard McKinney discusses the closings of black colleges
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Richard McKinney recalls his interactions with W. E. B. DuBois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Richard McKinney expresses his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Richard McKinney considers his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Richard McKinney explains his longevity
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Richard McKinney discusses his many book projects
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Richard McKinney describes how he'd like to be remembered