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Harold Bailey

Nonprofit executive Harold Bailey was born on October 15, 1946 in McKinney, Texas to Dorothy L. and John Curtis Bailey, Sr., and was raised by his mother and Ray E. Landrum. In 1948, he moved with his family to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he attended Lowell Elementary School, John Marshall Elementary School, and Lincoln Junior High School, before graduating from “the old” Albuquerque High School in 1964. He received a track scholarship to attend the University of New Mexico, where he received his B.S. degree in health and physical education in 1969. Bailey went on to receive his M.A. degree in special education in 1971, and his Ph.D. degree in American studies in 1975, both from the University of New Mexico.

In 1972, Bailey served as director of the Institute for Social Research and Development’s Child Development Program at the University of New Mexico. The same year, he joined the University’s Afro-American Studies Program as the assistant director. From 1975 to 1980, Bailey served as director of the Afro-American Studies Program. In 1976, he was appointed chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee at the University of New Mexico. Bailey later served as a homebound teacher, a special education teacher, a community liaison, and a certified diversity trainer in Albuquerque Public Schools. From 2000 to 2004, he served as president of the Albuquerque branch of the NAACP. In 2003, Bailey was appointed executive director of the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs. He held the position until 2012, when he was once again elected president of the Albuquerque branch of the NAACP.

Bailey has served as a national executive board member of the National Council for Black Studies, state chairman of the New Mexico Black Studies Consortium, state education chairman of the New Mexico Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and state chairman of the New Mexico Dr. Martin Luther King Federal Holiday Commission. He was a member of the School Restructuring Council at Lavaland Elementary School and Hayes Middle School, and is a certified diversity trainer.

Bailey has received many awards for his commitment to education and community service. In 2007, he received the Grant Chapel AME Community Service Award. In 2008, he received both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Legacy of Service Award and the AKA Albuquerque Legacy of Leaders Community Affairs Award. Bailey also received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award in 2013.

Harold Bailey was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 24, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.055

Sex

Male

Interview Date

7/24/2019

Last Name

Bailey

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Occupation
Schools

Lowell Elementary School

John Marshall Elementary School

Lincoln Junior High School

Albuquerque High School

University of New Mexico

First Name

Harold

Birth City, State, Country

McKinney

HM ID

BAI11

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Texas

Favorite Vacation Destination

New Mexico

Favorite Quote

We weren't put here to stay.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New Mexico

Birth Date

10/15/1946

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Albuquerque

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Chicken

Short Description

Nonprofit executive Harold Bailey (1946- ) served as executive director of the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs and president of the Albuquerque branch of the NAACP.

Employment

Old Town Elementary School

University of New Mexico Institute for Social Research and Development

University of New Mexico Afro-American Studies Program

University of New Mexico

Hayes Middle School

United States Department of Agriculture

University of New Mexico, African American Peer Study Group/Tutorial Program

Albuquerque Public Schools

New Mexico Office of African American Affairs

Favorite Color

Brown

Ray Robinson

Business executive, community developer, and golf enthusiast, Ray M. Robinson was born on November 30, 1947, in McKinney, Texas. Robinson grew up in Dallas, and while still in high school worked as a communication technician, beginning a thirty-five-year career with AT&T.

In 1970, Robinson earned his B.A. degree in finance from the University of Denver, and the following year he received his M.B.A., degree also from that same institution. Simultaneously, Robinson began his climb up the corporate ladder at AT&T, relocating thirteen times as he took new assignments in marketing, sales, and regulatory affairs. Robinson finally settled in Atlanta, where he became president of the company's southern region.

Upon his retirement from AT&T in 2003, Robinson, an avid golfer, assumed the presidency of Atlanta's East Lake Golf Club and became vice chairman of the East Lake Community Foundation. Robinson helped revive Atlanta's historic golf course and revitalize the inner-city neighborhood surrounding it through redevelopment. This redevelopment included East Lake Family YMCA and Eastlake Junior Golf Academy. Under Robinson's leadership, the golf club signed a multiyear partnership with the Professional Golf Association, making the East Lake Course the primary host venue for the PGA Championship Tour.

Robinson served on the board of directors for several businesses and organizations, including Citizens Trust Bank, the Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the Atlanta Tribune Editorial Advisory Board. Additionally, Robinson belonged to several civic groups, including the 100 Black Men of Atlanta and the NAACP. Robinson and his wife, Arlane, were married in 1969; the raised two children.

Accession Number

A2003.191

Sex

Male

Interview Date

8/14/2003

Last Name

Robinson

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

M.

Organizations
Schools

Hamilton Park Elementary School

Hamilton Park High School

University of Denver

Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet School

First Name

Ray

Birth City, State, Country

McKinney

HM ID

ROB07

Favorite Season

Fall

Sponsor

100 Black Men of Atlanta

State

Texas

Favorite Vacation Destination

Skiing

Favorite Quote

If you want to do something important, the very first thing you must do is get started.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Georgia

Birth Date

11/30/1947

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Atlanta

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Chicken

Short Description

Telecommunications executive Ray Robinson (1947 - ) is the retired president of AT&T's southern region and the president of Atlanta's historic East Lake Golf Club.

Employment

AT&T

Cousins Foundation

Main Sponsor
Favorite Color

Earth Tones

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Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ray Robinson interview

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ray Robinson's favorites

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ray Robinson discusses his mother's side of the family

Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ray Robinson talks about his mother's background

Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ray Robinson explains his father's name

Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ray Robinson describes his paternal grandfather, Vernon Robinson

Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ray Robinson talks about his father starting his own janitorial service

Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ray Robinson tells how his parents met

Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ray Robinson describes his first childhood memory

Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ray Robinson talks about the sights, sounds and smells of his youth

Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ray Robinson describes his childhood neighborhood in Dallas

Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Ray Robinson describes his childhood personality

Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Ray Robinson recalls his involvement in church while growing up

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ray Robinson remembers experiences from grade school and high school

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ray Robinson describes segregation in Dallas while growing up

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ray Robinson explains his childhood experience with music

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ray Robinson talks about his enjoyment of high school

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ray Robinson recalls memorable high school teachers and pranks

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ray Robinson discusses his involvement in high school activities

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ray Robinson describes his motorcycle accident

Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ray Robinson explains his job with AT&T

Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ray Robinson remembers the March on Washington

Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ray Robinson recalls the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated

Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Ray Robinson talks about his decision between working and college

Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Ray Robinson explains how he chose to attend the University of Denver

Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Ray Robinson remembers his experiences at the University of Denver

Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ray Robinson talks about working summers at AT&T

Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ray Robinson explains how John King assisted him with college and his military obligation

Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ray Robinson tells how he decided to work for AT&T after graduate school

Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ray Robinson speaks about his qualifications in being hired at AT&T

Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ray Robinson remembers working at NORAD

Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ray Robinson explains a DEFCON four status at NORAD

Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ray Robinson talks about being operations manager at NORAD at a young age

Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ray Robinson recalls his various positions with AT&T

Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ray Robinson remembers a career crisis at AT&T

Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Ray Robinson explains how he restored AT&T's image in the black community after a racist incident

Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Ray Robinson tells how he became involved with the East Lake Golf Club

Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ray Robinson talks about African American participation in golf

Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ray Robinson details the origins and successes of the new golf course and housing development at East Lake Golf Club

Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ray Robinson explains East Lake Golf Club's TOUR Championship

Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ray Robinson talks about African American support of East Lake Golf Club

Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ray Robinson tells how profit is generated at THE TOUR Championship

Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ray Robinson's hopes and dreams for the black community

Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ray Robinson discusses the possibility of replicating mixed income housing in other communities

Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ray Robinson considers his legacy

Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ray Robinson considers how he would like to be remembered