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Rick Jennings

Nonprofit executive and government official Rick Jennings was born on April 17, 1953 in Houston, Texas to Clara J. Hopkins and Richard Jennings. Jennings was raised in Washington D.C. by his mother and stepfather, Estis Jack Hopkins. He graduated from Calvin Coolidge High School in 1972, and received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Maryland, College Park. Jennings graduated with his B.A. degree in criminal justice in 1976.

Upon graduating in 1976, Jennings was drafted by the Oakland Raiders, and played with them in Super Bowl XI, but retired from professional football in 1977, after two seasons. In 1980, Jennings was hired as a sales representative at the Xerox Corporation, and was promoted to regional sales manager in 1990. In 1992, he became the chief executive officer of St. Hope Academy. Jennings was elected to serve on the Sacramento Unified City School Board in 1996; and the next year, Jennings served as the chief executive officer and executive director of the Center for Fathers and Families, a nonprofit organization offering parenting classes and mentoring programs in Sacramento. As executive director, Jennings launched the Making After School Time Rich and Rewarding (MASTERS) program and the Check In/Check Out program. Jennings was re-elected to the Sacramento Unified City School board of directors in 2000, and again in 2004. In 2014, he was elected to represent district seven on the Sacramento City Council. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson appointed Jennings to serve on the Law and Legislation Committee and the Budget and Legislation Committee. He was also appointed to represent the City of Sacramento with The Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, the Sacramento Public Library Authority, the Sacramento Regional Transit Authority, the Regional Water Authority, and the Sacramento Groundwater Authority. In 2016, Jennings was named Vice Mayor of Sacramento.

Jennings served on the board of directors of the Sacramento Sports Commission and the Wells Fargo Advisory Board. He also served on the board of the Los Rios Advisory Foundation. In 2017, Jennings was named a Dream All-Star by the Sacramento Kings.

Jennings and his wife, Cassandra Jennings, have two children, TJ and Asha.

Rick Jennings was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 5, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.064

Sex

Male

Interview Date

4/5/2018

Last Name

Jennings

Maker Category
Occupation
Schools

Shepherd Elementary School

Paul Public Charter School

Calvin Coolidge Senior High School

University of Maryland

First Name

Rick

Birth City, State, Country

Houston

HM ID

JEN12

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Texas

Favorite Vacation Destination

Hawaii

Favorite Quote

He Or She Who Is Behind In The Great Race Of Life Must Run Faster Or Forever Remain Behind.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

California

Birth Date

4/17/1953

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Sacramento

Favorite Food

Gumbo

Short Description

Nonprofit executive and government official Rick Jennings (1953 - ) served on the Sacramento Unified School District board of directors for twelve years, and on the Sacramento City Council, in addition to serving as the chief executive officer of the Center for Fathers and Families.

Employment

Various D.C. Papers

Oakland Raiders Football

United California Bank

Xerox Corporation

St. HOPE Academy

Fathers & Families Center

City of Sacramento

Favorite Color

Blue

Cassandra Jennings

Municipal official and nonprofit executive Cassandra Jennings was born on May 24, 1956 in Williamstown, North Carolina to Mary Bunch Brinkley and Bernard Brinkley. Jennings graduated from Bowie High School in Bowie, Maryland in 1974, and received her B.A. degree in urban studies from the University of Maryland College Park in 1978. She then earned her M.P.A. degree from the University of San Francisco in 1983.

Jennings worked as an analyst for the City of Oakland, California from 1978 to 1983. Jennings was then hired as a project manager for the Neighborhood Housing Services of America in Oakland. In 1987, she joined the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, where worked in various positions, including that of deputy executive director. During her time there, Jennings founded the consulting firm of Jennings & Associates in 2000. After leaving the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency in 2005, Jennings was hired by the City of Sacramento as an assistant city manager, a position she held until 2011. She then briefly returned to the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency as the deputy executive director, handling special projects and evaluating special entities. From 2012 to 2016, Jennings served as a senior advisor to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. In this role, Jennings worked on a number of city-wide initiatives, including For Arts’ Sake, Sacramento Steps Forward, and Volunteer Sacramento. Jennings became the president and chief executive officer of the Greater Sacramento Urban League in 2016.

Jennings has received numerous awards, including a Repairer of the Breach Award in 2010 and an Award of Excellence from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority in 2011. In 2016, she received the Community Leader Award from Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and was a California Legislative Caucus Black History Month Honoree. Jennings also received an Al Geiger Memorial Award from the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and a Chancellor’s Achievement Award for diversity and community from the University of California, Davis in 2018. Jennings served as chair of the American Leadership Forum and the Florin Road Foundation boards as well as on the boards of the California Musical Theater and the Golden 1 Credit Union. She served as president of the Sacramento chapter of The Links, and was co-chair of the Career Education African American Advisory Panel.

Jennings and her husband, Richard T. Jennings II, have two children, Richard Jennings III and Asha Jennings.

Cassandra Jennings was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 3, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.061

Sex

Female

Interview Date

4/3/2018

Last Name

Jennings

Maker Category
Schools

University of Maryland

University of San Francisco

First Name

Cassandra

Birth City, State, Country

Williamstown

HM ID

JEN11

Favorite Season

Summer

State

North Carolina

Favorite Vacation Destination

Abu Dhabi

Favorite Quote

Weeping May Endure For A Moment But Joy Comes In The Morning.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

California

Birth Date

5/24/1956

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Sacramento

Favorite Food

Crab

Short Description

Municipal official and nonprofit executive Cassandra Jennings (1956 - ) held various positions with the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, the City of Sacramento, and the office of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson before becoming the chief executive officer of the Greater Sacramento Urban League.

Employment

Greater Sacramento Urban League

City of Sacramento

Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency

Neighborhood Housing Services of America

City of Oakland

Favorite Color

Blue

Ann Yancy

Gospel music pioneer Ann Yancy was born on October 29, 1930, in Memphis, Tennessee. Yancy was the product of a deeply religious family, which includes uncles the Reverends Morris and Henry Edmonds; her brother Reverend Samuel Jordon; and her cousin Reverend Daniel Edmonds, all of Memphis, Tennessee. Yancy’s vocal talents were recognized at the age of eight while she was singing in the junior choir at Pearly Gates Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, where she later became a member of the Sunshine Band.

Yancy was the fourth of seven children born to Leah Edmonds Brown and Elijah Rhodes of Lucy, Tennessee. Yancy graduated from Manasses Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee. The family moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1942, where she resided until 1943, when she moved to Gary, Indiana, with her aunt Lassie Edmonds Blair. Yancy attended Friederich Froebel High School and returned to Chicago in 1945.

In 1948, Yancy married Rev. Robert Yancy, Associate Pastor of Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church; she was widowed in 1973. Yancy and her husband had eight children (three became ministers): Reverends Kevin, and Darryl, the late Reverend Marvin J. Yancy, Derrick, Stevie, Sherwin, and Judy Yancy. Reverend Kevin Yancy, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1980 for producing the Gospel album Rev. Marvin J. Yancy and The Fountain of Life Joy Choir; Reverends Marvin and Kevin Yancy were the writers and producers of the Grammy Award nominated gospel recording, Heavy Load in 1985.

Yancy was an intricate part of the rich tapestry of Chicago Gospel music history; she was one of the lead soloists at Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church, and a member of the renowned, Sylvia Boddie Gospel Singers. Yancy traveled throughout the United States with R.L. Knowles, The Robert Anderson Singers, and Willie Webb and the Roberta Martin Singers. Yancy appeared on recordings with the Robert Anderson Singers, the Roberta Martin Singers, and The Yancy Family Album. Yancy founded The Marvin Yancy Scholarship Foundation, and frequently spoke at Gospel conferences and seminars on the history of Gospel music.

Yancy passed away on March 12, 2018 at age 87.

Accession Number

A2007.066

Sex

Female

Interview Date

2/13/2007

Last Name

Yancy

Maker Category
Occupation
Schools

Friedrich Froebel High School

Manasses Elementary School

Harold Washington College

First Name

Ann

Birth City, State, Country

Memphis

HM ID

YAN03

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Tennessee

Favorite Vacation Destination

None

Favorite Quote

He That Dwell In The Secret Place Of The Most High Shall Abeit Under The Shadows Of The Almighty.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Illinois

Birth Date

10/29/1930

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Chicago

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Seafood

Death Date

3/12/2018

Short Description

Gospel singer Ann Yancy (1930 - 2018 ) had a long career as a gospel singer both in Chicago and nationally. In addition to performing around the country with famous Gospel ensembles, Yancy's children also became successful within the Gospel music community.

Employment

Holy Family Head Start

Wiebolt Stores, Inc.

Favorite Color

Purple

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DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ann Yancy's interview

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ann Yancy lists her favorites

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ann Yancy describes her mother's family background, pt. 1

Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ann Yancy describes her mother's family background, pt. 2

Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ann Yancy talks about her brothers

Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ann Yancy describes her father's family background

Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ann Yancy describes her earliest childhood memory

Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ann Yancy describes her family's living situation in Memphis, Tennessee

Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ann Yancy recalls her childhood at her maternal grandparents' home

Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ann Yancy remembers her community in Memphis, Tennessee

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ann Yancy recalls her maternal grandmother's death

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ann Yancy remembers her childhood friend from Memphis, Tennessee

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ann Yancy remembers moving to Chicago, Illinois and Gary, Indiana

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ann Yancy remembers Manassas High School in Memphis, Tennessee

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ann Yancy describes her childhood personality

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ann Yancy remembers living with her aunt in Gary, Indiana, pt. 1

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ann Yancy remembers living with her aunt in Gary, Indiana, pt. 2

Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ann Yancy remembers returning to Chicago, Illinois

Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ann Yancy remembers teaching Sunday school as a young girl

Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ann Yancy reflects upon the church's understanding of younger generations

Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ann Yancy recalls her positions at Weiboldt's and Eastman Kodak Company

Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ann Yancy describes her living situations in Chicago, Illinois

Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ann Yancy describes her early aspirations

Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ann Yancy describes her early singing career in the church

Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ann Yancy recalls singing at the Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois

Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ann Yancy remembers marrying Robert Yancy, Sr.

Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ann Yancy describes the gospel performances at Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church

Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ann Yancy remembers her husband

Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ann Yancy describes the choral programs at Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church, pt. 1

Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ann Yancy recalls her homes in Chicago, Illinois

Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ann Yancy describes the choral programs at Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church, pt. 2

Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ann Yancy recalls lessons from Reverend Louis Boddie

Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ann Yancy describes her husband's pastoral career

Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ann Yancy lists her children

Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ann Yancy remembers the Cabrini-Green Homes in Chicago, Illinois

Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ann Yancy describes her work at the Holy Family Head Start in Chicago, Illinois

Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ann Yancy describes her sons' interest in music, pt. 1

Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ann Yancy recalls how her son, Marvin Yancy, became a minister

Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ann Yancy talks about her sons' songs, 'Sign Me Up' and 'Heavy Load'

Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ann Yancy describes her sons' interest in music, pt. 2

Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ann Yancy remembers her husband and son's deaths

Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ann Yancy describes the Marvin Yancy Foundation

Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ann Yancy reflects upon her experience of gospel music

Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ann Yancy recalls the gospel singers with whom she performed

Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ann Yancy describes her plans for the future

Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ann Yancy reflects upon her life

Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ann Yancy describes how she would like to be remembered

Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ann Yancy shares her favorite scripture and gospel song

Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ann Yancy narrates her photographs

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DATape

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5$5

DATitle
Ann Yancy recalls lessons from Reverend Louis Boddie
Ann Yancy shares her favorite scripture and gospel song
Transcript
And you know Greater Harvest [Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago, Illinois] was--Reverend Boddie [Louis Boddie] would teach us, so on Friday nights and sometime if you sitting in the dining room eating and he pass by, and you speak to him and everything then he'd come back and say, "You know God said so in so, so in so, so in so," and it would be a class right there (laughter). He didn't care where we--you know. Sometimes he'd make us sit down on the steps you know from the pulpit, we'd sit down there and he--when choir rehearsal was over with and he'd teach us there. He, he was just a word man, he was a word preacher and we got--he taught us so much about how to live, how to be good wives, how to be good husbands.$$What are some of the things he taught you about being a good wife?$$About being a good wife? "Don't come to church, or don't go nowhere unless you have made sure your husband, if he's not going with you, make sure that he has had a nice dinner, you know, the house is clean, the children are all clean and they're quiet, and then you go out." He said, "Don't come here unless you have taken care of your home first." He said, "That's the more important thing," and he said, "keep yourself clean and looking nice and pretty. Don't be looking any kind of way when he come home from work. So he's tired and he wants to see something that will make him happy and all, and make sure all the children is in the house when he come home and the food is on the table, ready or either it's cooked and ready for him." He taught us so much, he taught women how to you know keep their--keep themselves up. He said, "Some of you all walk around in the house with your house robe on or your gown on all night and your hair standing all over your head." He said, "Fix yourself up so that--for yourself first," he said, "and then for your husband when he come in. Do you think he wanna come in to something like that? Dishes all in the sink and the children running all around the house and you sitting, standing there looking crazy (laughter)," that's how he talked to us and you know also he would allow people to come and if they didn't have places to stay, they didn't have food he would give 'em--you know they could stay in the church and we had to see about them. That's how come the people at Greater Harvest was so loving and kind, we had to come and see about em' and he said, "And make sure that you are," you know he'd say, "if you wanna take 'em to your house, if you want to, you can," you know what I mean and he said you know. He taught us how to love, that's, that's what I'm saying here and most of us do love but you know sometimes you have not been taught, you didn't have to deal with people, you just look, see them and love 'em, either just deal with the people in your surroundings, but we had to deal with the people that came to the church, the drunks, the people that was on alcohol and all that. He let them stay in the church and all and he would have classes, and another one thing that he always said, "Feed 'em first." He said when they--a person come in the church hungry he said it wouldn't be right for us to sit up and have church and, and teaching and preaching and they hungry, they're not hearing what you're saying, feed 'em first and then preach to them, and that's how he did, and they did not feed people any kind of, any old thing, they feed 'em good food 'cause we would sit, we didn't eat until after they ate, and we bought ours, fifty cents, that's how much the dinners would cost, and they had break- I mean they would have meat, vegetables and potatoes and whatever you know, full complete meal in the church. Clothes, people came to church and needed their rent paid and all kind of (unclear). Preachers didn't make enough, get enough money at church and they needed to pay they rent for the church or whatever, he did it for them, and that's what, why people loved him so. He was so kind. I saw one day I was standing out there and it was, like the weather like it is now, and a lady passed by the church and she didn't--she had on high heel open toe shoes and he said, "Miss," he said, and she turned around, "You talking to me?" He said, "Yes," he said, "don't you have no boots?" She said, "No I don't," you know she didn't know where he was coming from, and he told Reverend Bracket [ph.], he said take her over to South Center [Chicago, Illinois] and get her some boots.$$And South Center was?$$It's a department store on 47th Street and that's where a lot of--most of them you know people would go at that time to South Center.$You had mentioned earlier about your relationship with Reverend Boddie [Louis Boddie].$$Um-hm.$$And that he--you learned a lot from him.$$Oh, yes.$$And you mentioned that when you met him he went--you went to his church [Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago, Illinois] and he told you to read the 51st Psalm.$$That's right.$$And is there something (simultaneous)?$$(Simultaneous) And all of us at Great--$$Would you just share with us in closing what part of the psalm meant the most to you?$$"Have mercy upon me oh God according to thy loving kindness, according to the multitude of our tender mercies," and then it, "wash me thoroughly from my iniquities and cleanse me from my sins." Then it says, "Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean, wash me and I shall be whiter than snow," and it says, "make me to hear joy and gladness that the bones which thou has broken may rejoice." It says, "Hide my, hide not thy face from my sin, hide thy face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities," and it says, "create in me a clean heart oh God and renew the right spirit within me, cast me not away from my--from thy presence and take not their holy spirit from me praise God" [Psalm 51: 1-11].$$We would like to thank you so much for sharing your story. Thank you so much for being a HistoryMaker and being who you are.$$Praise God.$$And how important you are to gospel and to the community, and just before we go I would like for us, for you to you share with us a song that just may mean the most to your heart.$$(Singing) "Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, and to take Him at his word; just to rest upon His promise, just to know, thus sayeth the Lord. Jesus, Jesus, how I trust you; how I proved you o'er and o'er; Jesus, Jesus precious Jesus. Oh, for grace to trust thee more" ['Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus'].