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Kevan Hall

Fashion designer Kevan Hall was born on October 11, 1957 in Detroit, Michigan to Angeline and Curtis Hall. He graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan in 1975 and earned his A.A. degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California. He also completed coursework at the University of California, Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California and the Otis Art Institute of the Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, California.

In 1977, Hall began his fashion career as an assistant to sportswear designer Harriet Selwyn. He then worked as an independent freelance designer and as senior designer for On Top of California. In 1983, he founded Kevan Hall Couture, selling his designs to luxury retailers including Neiman Marcus, Saks, and Bergdorf Goodman. In 1997, Hall joined Halston as the design and creative director where he worked from the fall of 1998 to the spring of 2000. In 2002, he launched his own signature ready to wear line, the Kevan Hall Collection. In January 2014, Hall launched Kevan Hall SPORT, a lifestyle brand of active wear for women.

Hall and his designs have been featured on numerous television shows including Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, Vogue’s Met Gala in New York America’s Next Top Model featured his spring 2009 collection as a runway challenge, while he served as a guest judge. Adrienne Maloof from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills featured Hall's collection in a fashion show to introduce her new shoe line. Hall has also made guest appearances on other national television shows such as Inside Edition, Extreme Makeover, The Better Half, and E!'s Fashion Police.

Hall has been recognized throughout his career for his craftsmanship and contribution to fashion. After graduating from Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, he received the Peacock Award for Outstanding Fashion Design. In 1989, the NAACP named him the Great American Designer, and in 2005, Life & Style Magazine named him Stylemaker of the Year.

Hall and his wife Deborah Lee Hall have two adult children, Asia and Evan.

Kevan Hall was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 14, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.230

Sex

Male

Interview Date

12/14/2018

Last Name

Hall

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Kevan

Birth City, State, Country

Detroit

HM ID

HAL18

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Michigan

Favorite Vacation Destination

Sequoia National Park

Favorite Quote

Philippians: I Can Do All Things Through Christ

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Speakers Bureau Region State

California

Birth Date

10/11/1957

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Los Angeles

Favorite Food

Pasta/Seafood/Salmon

Short Description

Fashion designer Kevan Hall (1957- ) founded the Kevan Hall Company and was best known for his couture red carpet designs and his role as the design and creative director of Halston.

Favorite Color

Gray

William Banfield

Professor and composer William Banfield was born on March 24, 1961 in Detroit, Michigan to William Banfield and Anne Banfield. He attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan and graduated in 1979. Banfield enrolled at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated with his B.M. degree in jazz studies in 1983. He later received his Th.M. degree from Boston University in 1988, and his D.M.A. degree from the University of Michigan in 1992.

Banfield accepted his first teaching position at Madison Park High School in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1983, he resigned from his position and founded BMagic Records. Two years later, Banfield founded Young Artists Development, Inc. After he received his D.M.A. degree in 1992, Banfield served as assistant professor of African American Studies/Music at Indiana University. In 1997, Banfield served as the endowed chair of humanities, professor of music, director of American cultural studies/jazz, popular, world music studies at the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota. In 2002, he became the W.E.B. DuBois fellow at Harvard University. The following year, Banfield was the visiting Atelier artist at Princeton University. In 2005, he served as a visiting professor of composition at the University of Minnesota. Banfield then accepted an appointment at the Berklee College of Music as a professor and director of the Africana Studies program. In 2010, he was hired by Quincy Jones’ the QFoundation, to write a national music curriculum for American popular music.

Banfield has also released a number of albums including Extensions of the Tradition in 1996, Striking Balance in 2004, Spring Forward in 2009 and Playing with Other People’s Heads in 2014. He was also the host of National Public Radio’s “Landscapes in Color: Conversations with Black American Composers” and an original program on WCAL at St. Olaf College entitled, “Essays of Note.” Banfield has authored seven books, completed six symphonies and two operas. In 2014, Banfield launched JazzUrbane, a contemporary jazz recording label. He has also served on the Pulitzer Prize composition panel and donated his papers to the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College of Chicago.

William Banfield was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 17, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.218

Sex

Male

Interview Date

11/17/2018

Last Name

Banfield

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
First Name

William

Birth City, State, Country

Detroit

HM ID

BAN06

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Michigan

Favorite Vacation Destination

Florida

Favorite Quote

It Don't Mean A Thing, If It Ain't Got That Swing.

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Speakers Bureau Region State

Massachusetts

Birth Date

3/24/1961

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Boston

Favorite Food

Seafood

Short Description

Professor and composer William Banfield (1961- ) was director of Africana Studies at the Berklee College of Music.

Favorite Color

Blue

Harry Seymour

Educator and painter Harry N. Seymour was born on August 30, 1942, in Detroit, Michigan, to Matilda Dawson and famous black golfer Robert Seymour. Raised in Ecorse, Michigan, Seymour attended Miller Elementary School, Ecorse Junior High School, and graduated from Ecorse High School in 1960. He attended Howard University where he earned his B.A. degree in business administration in 1964. After graduation, he worked as a manager and buyer at F&R Lazarus & Co., and in 1998, he entered graduate programs at The Ohio State University, earning his M.A. degree in speech pathology in 1968, and his Ph.D. degree in speech and hearing science in 1971.

Seymour served as a professor of speech and hearing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1971 to 2002, becoming a full professor in 1987, and chairing the Department of Communication Disorders from 1992 to 2002. Seymour’s scholarship focused on child language disorders, and he published over 40 articles, and made over 100 professional presentations addressing nonbiased assessment of speech and language disorders among African American children. He was the lead author of the Diagnostic Evaluation of Language Variation (DELV), and was the principal investigator on the $2,700,000 National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders grant to develop the DELV, the only test in speech and language designed and standardized specifically to reduce linguistic and cultural bias in testing African American children who speak nonmainstream American English. After retiring from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2002, Seymour moved to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, where he began a professional career as a painter, and developed a unique method and style of painting, combining traditional scratchart methodology with pan and wax pastels.

Seymour is a fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Kellogg National Fellowship Program, and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Howard University’s School of Communications. He also received the Honors of the National Black Association of Speech, Language and Hearing for his research and mentoring of African American students. His other awards include the ASHA Multicultural Service Award, was commended in Resolution #63, by the Mississippi State Senate for his research on behalf of African- American children, and the editor’s Award: Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools. In 2003, Seymour was presented the highest recognition from his professional association—the Honors of the ASHA for distinguished contributions to the field of Speech-Language Pathology.

Seymour and his wife, Charlena Seymour, have a son and daughter, Harry A. Seymour and Shayna Seymour Carr.

Harry N. Seymour was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 19, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.160

Sex

Male

Interview Date

8/19/2018

Last Name

Seymour

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Harry

Birth City, State, Country

Detroit

HM ID

SEY01

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Michigan

Favorite Vacation Destination

Cruising

Favorite Quote

Live In The Moment.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Massachusetts

Birth Date

8/30/1942

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Martha's Vineyard

Country

United States of America

Favorite Food

Chicken

Short Description

Educator and painter Harry N. Seymour (1942-) taught in the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Communication Disorders for thirty-one years, before retiring and becoming a professional painter.

Favorite Color

Blue

Scott Syphax

Business executive Scott Syphax was born on July 13, 1963 in Detroit, Michigan to Vernettia Gilmore Syphax and Charles Syphax. Raised in Sacramento, California, Syphax graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1981, and became the manager of The Vortex, a nightclub in downtown Sacramento. After working as an executive fellow with the public policy and leadership training program at the Coro Foundation, Syphax then earned his B.S. degree in business administration, real estate development, and land use planning from California State University, Sacramento in 1992.

From 1992 to 1994, Syphax worked as a senior policy consultant for California State Senator Robert Presley. He then served as chief executive officer of the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences for one year, before accepting a position as senior lobbyist for the California Medical Association. From 1999 to 2001, Syphax worked as the manager of public affairs for the pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly and Company; and then in 2001, Syphax became the president and chief executive officer of the Nehemiah Corporation of America, a real estate and community development company. In 2009, Syphax founded the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program; and the following year, he launched the Neighborhood Restoration Program and the Roofs for Troops program. He was also a developer for the Township Nine project, a sixty-five acre mixed-use development project in Sacramento’s River District. In 2011, Syphax became the producer and host of the PBS KVIE public television show Studio Sacramento, which won an Emmy Award in 2013 for an episode on human trafficking. After leaving the Nehemiah Corporation of America in 2017, Syphax founded Syphax Strategic Solution.

Syphax received numerous awards for his professional accomplishments, including the 2011 Exemplary Leader Award from the American Leadership Forum, the Economic Trailblazer Award from the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce, the Al Geiger Award from the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Excellence in Broadcasting Award from the American Council on Arab Islamic Relations, all in 2013. Syphax was also the recipient of the Urban League’s 2016 Community Empowerment Award and the Congressman Robert T. Matsui Community Service Award from The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee in 2017. Syphax served on the board of Sutter Health San Sierra, Homeaid America, the California Medical Association Foundation, Valley Vision, and the Bay Area Council. Syphax was also a member of the California Department Insurance Task Force on Board Governance and Supplier Diversity.

Scott Syphax was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 3, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.060

Sex

Male

Interview Date

4/3/2018

Last Name

Syphax

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

C.

Organizations
Schools

Atkinson Elementary School

John F. Kennedy High School

California State University, Sacramento

First Name

Scott

Birth City, State, Country

Detroit

HM ID

SYP01

Favorite Season

Thanksgiving

State

Michigan

Favorite Vacation Destination

Italy

Favorite Quote

In The Land Of The Blind The One-eyed Man Is King.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

California

Birth Date

7/13/1963

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Sacramento

Favorite Food

Fried Chicken

Short Description

Business executive Scott Syphax (1963 - ) was the president and chief executive officer of the Nehemiah Corporation of America, the founder of Syphax Strategic Solutions, and the host and producer of the television show Studio Sacramento.

Favorite Color

Red

Paul Riser, Sr.

Musician and music arranger Paul Riser, Sr. was born on September 11, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. Riser attended Keating Elementary School in Detroit, where he began to develop an interest in music. Riser later enrolled at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, where he studied classical and jazz trombone, as well as musical theory. At Cass Technical High School, he was mentored and encouraged by people such as Dr. Harold Arnoldi and Dr. Harry Begian. He graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1961.

After graduation, Riser began working as a session musician playing trombonist with The Funk Brothers at Motown Records. By 1963, Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, chose Riser to work as a music arranger at Motown Records. He worked on a number of Motown hits during his tenure, including “ I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye, ”My Girl” by The Temptations, “My Cherie Amour” by Stevie Wonder, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Diana Ross, "If I Were Your Woman" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)” written by Ashford and Simpson as performed by Diana Ross, and “The Tears of a Clown” by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. Following his departure from Motown Records in 1973, Paul Riser continued to arrange songs for popular artists. He has worked with artists such as Quincy Jones, The Carpenters, Carly Simon, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, and Phil Collins. In 2003, Riser arranged music for R. Kelly’s fifth studio album, Chocolate Factory. The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and sold over three million copies worldwide.

In 1972, Riser won a Grammy Award for “Best R&B Instrumental Performance” for the song “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” by The Temptations. He was nominated for another Grammy Award in 1982, for “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals” for the song “Do I Do”, which was performed by Stevie Wonder. In 2009, Riser was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.

Riser and his wife have a son, Paul Riser, Jr.

Paul Riser, Sr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 16, 2017.

Accession Number

A2017.187

Sex

Male

Interview Date

10/18/2017

Last Name

Riser

Maker Category
Organizations
First Name

Paul

Birth City, State, Country

Detroit

HM ID

RIS01

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Michigan

Favorite Vacation Destination

Bahamas

Favorite Quote

Nice Job, But Let’s Do It Again

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Michigan

Birth Date

9/11/1943

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Detroit

Country

United States of America

Favorite Food

Banana Pudding

Short Description

Musician and music arranger Paul Riser, Sr. (1943 - ) worked as a session musician and music arranger for Motown Records from 1961 until 1973. He arranged music for many artists since his departure from Motown and has won two Grammy Awards.

Favorite Color

Aqua

Miller London

Music executive Miller London was born on October 13, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Estabrook Elementary School and McMichael Junior High School and graduated from Northwestern High School in Detroit, Michigan in 1964. After high school, London attended Highland Park Junior College before he enrolled at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where he studied history and English.

While in college, London worked in the sales department at both Star Hickey Ford and then the Bill Markley Chevrolet dealerships in Detroit. In 1969, London was hired as the first African American regional sales manager at Motown Records and was the first African American to work in any major record company’s sales department. London was later promoted as the record company’s executive vice president and general manager for the company. London worked at Motown Records for twenty-one years, before he left in 1990, and joined RCA Records in New York. There, he became the first African American to head a label’s sales division for all music genres. He was later promoted to vice president of product and development, and became vice president of marketing. He then joined A&M Records in Los Angeles, California as executive vice president and general manager of its urban music division, where he worked with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, CeCe Peniston and Barry White. London then assisted the N.W.A. rapper Ice Cube develop his independent record label, Lench Mob Records. In 1994, London became the president of The Urban Network magazine. When Clear Channel Entertainment purchased the magazine, London became its executive vice president of urban entertainment. In 2003, London purchased The Urban Network from Clear Channel Entertainment and became its president and CEO. In 2017, he joined The Celeb Group as senior vice president.

In 2012, he collaborated with Bert Dearing to form Detroit-based Russell Street Entertainment to bring in young talent and teach them the business side of music. London is the 2016 recipient of The Living Legends Foundation’s Chairman’s Award. He also served on the board of directors of The Living Legends Foundation.

Miller London was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 16, 2017.

Accession Number

A2017.186

Sex

Male

Interview Date

10/18/2017 |and| 10/20/2017

Last Name

London

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
Schools

Northwestern High School

Highland Park Junior College

Wayne State University

First Name

Miller

Birth City, State, Country

Detroit

HM ID

LON05

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Michigan

Favorite Vacation Destination

Atlanta, Georgia

Favorite Quote

N/A

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Michigan

Birth Date

10/13/1946

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Detroit

Country

United States of America

Favorite Food

Fried Chicken

Short Description

Music executive Miller London (1946 - ) worked at Motown Records for twenty-one years as its executive vice president and general manager. He also worked as an executive at RCA Records, A&M Records, and as owner of The Urban Network magazine.

Employment

Bert's Ent. Complex

Urban Network

A and M Records

RCA Records

Motown Records

Bill Markley

Stark Hickey Ford

Favorite Color

Brown

Patricia Cosby

Music executive Patricia Cosby was born on February 9, 1944 to Willie Thompson and Meomi Seay Thompson. She graduated from Northwestern High School in Detroit, Michigan in 1961 and attended Detroit Business Institute.

In 1962, Cosby began working at Motown Records in Detroit, Michigan. She began working as a switchboard receptionist and was promoted to tape librarian under the supervision of Frances Heard Maclin, the first assistant in the tape library. Cosby later became an album coordinator. At Motown, Cosby met her husband, Hank Cosby. Her husband produced hits such as “The Tears of a Clown” and “My Cherie Amour.” In 1972, Cosby and her husband, moved to Los Angeles, California when the company relocated. In 1974, Cosby earned songwriting credits for two songs on the Blood, Sweat, & Tears album, Mirror Image. The songs are titled “Tell Me That I’m Wrong” and “Love Looks Good On You (You’re Candy Sweet),” with the album reaching 149 on the Billboard Pop Album chart. Cosby left Motown Records and in 1985, she secured a position with Embassy Pictures as a procurement coordinator, working under television producer Norman Lear. After two years at Embassy Pictures, she moved back to Detroit in 1987 and later worked for the health insurance company, Cigna in 1990. Cosby served as a contracting manager and retired from her position at Cigna in 2005.

In 2002, her husband, Hank Cosby, passed away, with over 300 mourners at his funeral, Stevie Wonder, Rance Allen and Jennifer Fouche sang at his funeral. In 2006, Hank Cosby was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Cosby was also a member of the Motown Historical Museum and the Heroes and Legends Scholarship Foundation.

Patricia Cosby had two children with and her husband, Henry Cosby: Henry Cosby, Jr., and William Cosby. Her husband Henry Cosby, also had another son, Kevin Cosby, from a previous marriage.

Patricia Cosby was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 17, 2017.

Accession Number

A2017.185

Sex

Female

Interview Date

10/17/2017

Last Name

Cosby

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
Schools

Jefferson Intermediate School

Hancock Elementary School

High School of Commerce and Business Administration

Northwestern High School

Detroit Business Institute

First Name

Patricia

Birth City, State, Country

Detroit

HM ID

COS03

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Michigan

Favorite Vacation Destination

Las Vegas

Favorite Quote

If It Feels Good, Do It

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Michigan

Birth Date

2/9/1944

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Detroit

Favorite Food

Ice Cream

Short Description

Record executive Patricia Cosby (1944 - ) was a receptionist, tape librarian, and album coordinator for Motown Records Corporation and was married to Motown writer and producer Henry “Hank” Cosby.

Employment

Motown Records

Embassy Pictures

CIGNA Healthcare

Favorite Color

Yellow; Red

The Honorable Dennis Archer

Political leader and lawyer Dennis Archer was born on January 1, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan to Ernest Archer and Frances Carroll. He graduated from Ross Beatty High School in 1959, and enrolled at Wayne State University before transferring to Western Michigan University in 1963, where he received his B.S. degree in education in 1965. In 1966, he enrolled at the University of Michigan but transferred to the Detroit College of Law, where he received his J.D. degree in 1970.

Following his graduation from Western Michigan University, Archer taught special education in Detroit Public Schools from 1965 to 1970. In 1970, Archer began working for the law office of Gragg & Gardener, P.C. He left the firm in 1971 to help found Hall, Stone, Archer & Glenn. In 1983, Archer was named president of the National Bar Association. The following year, he was elected president of the State Bar of Michigan. In 1985, Archer was appointed by Governor James Blanchard to serve as an associate justice on the Michigan Supreme Court. He was elected to an eight-year term but resigned in 1990. In 1994, Archer was elected as Mayor of Detroit. He would go on to win reelection in 1998. During Archer’s tenure as mayor, Detroit experienced a decrease in crime and an increase in economic growth. Following his second term as mayor, Archer became chairman of Dickinson Wright PLLC in 2002. In 2003, he became the first African American president of the American Bar Association. Archer later resumed his private law practice, Dennis W. Archer PLLC, after serving in that capacity.

Archer has won numerous awards and distinctions during his career. In 1998, Engineering News-Record magazine named him Newsmaker of the Year, and honored him with an Award of Excellence. Ebony magazine also named Archer one of its Most Influential Black Americans. Governing Magazine named Archer Public Official of the Year in 2000, and he was also featured on Newsweek Magazine’s list of Twenty-Five Most Dynamic Mayors in America. Archer served as a trustee for Western Michigan University, on the Board of Directors of Compuware Corporation. He founded the Dennis W. Archer Scholarship Fund in 2001.

Dennis and his wife, Trudy DunCombe Archer, have two sons: Dennis W. Archer, Jr. and Vincent DunCombe Archer.

Dennis Archer was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 16, 2017.

Accession Number

A2017.183

Sex

Male

Interview Date

10/16/2017

Last Name

Archer

Maker Category
Middle Name

W.

Organizations
First Name

Dennis

Birth City, State, Country

Detroit

HM ID

ARC12

Favorite Season

Warm

State

Michigan

Favorite Vacation Destination

Sarasota, Florida; Martha's Vineyard; Detroit, Michigan

Favorite Quote

N/A

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Michigan

Birth Date

1/1/1942

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Detroit

Favorite Food

All Food

Short Description

Political leader and lawyer Dennis Archer (1942 - ) was an associate justice on the Michigan Supreme Court from 1985 until 1990. He served as Mayor of Detroit from 1994 until 2002 and became the first African American President of the American Bar Association in 2003.

Favorite Color

Black

Elliott S. Hall

Lawyer and corporate executive Elliott S. Hall was born on May 1, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Charles E. Chadsey High School in Detroit, Michigan in 1956, and earned his B.A. degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and later his J.D. degree from Wayne State University School of Law in 1965.

Hall began his career practicing law as an associate at Gragg and Gardner, P.C. in 1966. He remained at Gragg and Gardner, P.C. until 1971, when he represented members of the Black Panthers Party. In 1971, with associate Dennis Archer, Hall formed the law firm of Hall, Stone, Allen, Archer and Glen. The following year, he served as president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Detroit chapter. In 1974, Hall was appointed by Mayor Coleman Young as the first African American corporation counsel for the City of Detroit. He then became the first African American chief assistant prosecutor for Wayne County, Michigan in 1983. Hall served as chief assistant prosecutor until 1985, when he joined the Detroit law firm of Dykema, Gossett, Spencer, Goodnow and Trigg, where he remained until 1987. He then departed from Dykema, Gossett, Spencer, Goodnow and Trigg, and joined the Ford Motor Company as the company’s first African American vice president of governmental affairs. Hall remained in that position for a decade and then became the first African American vice president of dealer development at Ford Motor Company. In that role, he was instrumental in the expansion of the Minority and Woman Dealer Network. In 2002, Hall retired from Ford Motor Company and joined the law firm of Dykema Gosset PLLC as a senior partner.

As a community advocate, he served as vice president of the Economic Club of Washington, vice president of the Federal City Council, Treasurer of the Children’s Charities Foundation and as a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Kennedy Institute. He received Human Relations Institute Civic Achievement Award from American Jewish Committee, Distinguished Alumni Award from Wayne State University Law School, the President’s Award from the National Bar Association and the President’s Award from the Wolverine Bar Association.

Elliott S. Hall was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 18, 2017.

Accession Number

A2017.135

Sex

Male

Interview Date

8/18/2017 |and| 08/18/2017

Last Name

Hall

Maker Category
Middle Name

S.

Organizations
First Name

Elliott

Birth City, State, Country

Detroit

HM ID

HAL16

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Michigan

Favorite Vacation Destination

Martha's Vineyard

Favorite Quote

Psalm 124: If it had not been for the Lord on our side, ... when our enemies rose up... swallowed us alive.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

District of Columbia

Birth Date

5/1/1938

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Washington

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Greens - Collard and others

Short Description

Lawyer and corporate executive Elliott S. Hall (1938 - )

Favorite Color

Blue

Gregory Jackson

Automobile sales entrepreneur Gregory Jackson was born on July 12, 1957 in Detroit, Michigan to Doris Hood and Roy Jackson. Jackson graduated from Central High School in 1975. He earned his B.S. degree in accounting from Morris Brown College in 1980; and his M.S. degree in finance and marketing from Atlanta University in 1981.

Jackson began working as an accountant for Arthur Andersen & Company. He then left in 1984 and was hired as a controller for Stroh’s Transportation. While at Stroh’s, he launched The Kastelton Company, a gourmet cookies venture. Jackson then pursued a career in automotive sales, completing the General Motors Minority Dealer Training program in 1989. He launched the Prestige Automotive Group and purchased his first dealership, Prestige Pontiac-Oldsmobile, in 1993. Under Jackson’s leadership, the company grossed $1.67 billion in sales in 2005. In addition to automotive sales, Jackson also purchased The Lafayette Towers in the Mies van der Rohe residential district of Detroit in 2012. Over time, Jackson operated a total of eighteen automobile dealerships, selling all but four: Mercedes-Benz of St. Clair Shores, Toyota of Warren, Courtesy Ford of Okemos and Prestige Cadillac in Warren He was owner and served as a board member of two separate Chinese-American joint venture corporations based in Beijing and Wuhu, China. He also acquired The Lafayette Towers in Detroit in 2012.

For over a decade, Prestige Automotive Group received top rankings on Black Enterprise’s “Auto Dealer 100” list and held the #1 position for six years. The company also received Mercedes-Benz’s Best of The Best Award and the Michigan Chronicle’s Men of Excellence Award. Jackson was named Black Enterprise’s Dealer of the Year and was featured in Crain’s Detroit Business’s “Largest Minority-Owned Business” publication.

Jackson served as president of the General Motors Minority Dealers Association and on its Board of Directors. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Automotive Hall of Fame, was the first vice chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers, and served as a council member for the General Motors Minority Dealer Advisory Council. Jackson was also an active member of the National Association of Black Accountants, the NAACP, and Fellowship Chapel Church in Detroit.

Jackson has two children.

Gregory Jackson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 12, 2017.

Accession Number

A2017.113

Sex

Male

Interview Date

08/12/2017

Last Name

Jackson

Maker Category
Organizations
Schools

George N. Brady Elementary School

Durfee Elementary School

Central High School

Morris Brown College

Clark Atlanta University School of Business

First Name

Gregory

Birth City, State, Country

Detroit

HM ID

JAC41

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Michigan

Favorite Vacation Destination

The next one I go to

Favorite Quote

Work hard play hard

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Michigan

Birth Date

7/12/1957

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Detroit

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Vegetables

Short Description

Auto sales entrepreneur Gregory Jackson (1957 - ) owned a total of eighteen automobile dealerships in Michigan, including Mercedes-Benz of St. Clair Shores and Prestige Cadillac in Warren as well as real estate and other businesses.

Favorite Color

All colors