Freddie Hill Lucas was born on January 4, 1936, in Lynchburg, Virginia. Lucas spent most of her childhood years growing up on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, where both of her parents were professors. Her father, Talmadge Hill, was the coach of Morgan's basketball team and a health instructor and her mother, Frances Hill, was a music professor. In 1952, she earned her high school diploma from Frederick Douglas High School, where she was a member of the volleyball and basketball teams and a member of the National Honor Society.
Lucas earned a bachelor's of science degree from Morgan State College in 1956. Upon graduation she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and studied at the University of Oslo in Norway, where she earned a diploma in physical education. In 1958, she received her MS degree from Pennsylvania State University and later went on to earn her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1964.
From 1958 to 1962, she worked as a physical education teacher at Maryland State College, now known as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where she met her husband, Africare co-founder, C. Payne Lucas. She also worked as an assistant professor at Southern University in 1964. From 1968 until 1976, Lucas worked for J.C. Penny Company where she began her career in the public relations department. She later went on to work in the company's urban affairs section and eventually became the company's first female and African American lobbyist.
In 1976, Lucas joined the staff of General Motors Corporation as its senior Washington representative. After working at GM for nearly twenty years, she and her husband started their own consulting firm, Lodestar, LLC. Lucas is a member of the NAACP, the Industrial Relations Research Association, American League of Lobbyists, National Association of Manufacturers, the Consumer Credit Council and the Women's Advertising Club of America.
She and her husband, C. Payne Lucas, have three grown children and one grandchild.
Frederick Douglass High School
Bahamas, Las Vegas, Nevada
My Point Is...
Business consultant and lobbyist Freddie Lucas (1936 - ) was the first African American lobbyist at J.C. Penney Corporation, and then worked as a consultant for General Motors. After working at GM for nearly twenty years, she and her husband started their own consulting firm, Lodestar, LLC.
Maryland State College
J.C. Penny Company
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Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Freddie Lucas recalls winning a Fulbright scholarship to study in Norway
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Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Freddie Lucas recounts her marriage and early career at Maryland Eastern Shore
Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Freddie Lucas describes leaving Maryland Eastern Shore to teach at Southern University
Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Freddie Lucas describes her trip to Africa
Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Freddie Lucas explains how she got into public relations at JC Penny Company
Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Freddie Lucas describes the corporate culture at JC Penny's in the late 1960s and early 1970s
Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Freddie Lucas recounts becoming the first black female corporate lobbyist
Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Freddie Lucas details her transition from Penny's to GM
Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Freddie Lucas describes her work as a lobbyist on Capitol Hill
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Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Freddie Lucas recounts balancing work and family life
Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Freddie Lucas shares how she'd like to be remembered
Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Freddie Lucas discusses her husband's work with Africare
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