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Otis L. Story, Sr.

Healthcare chief executive Otis Leon Story, Sr. was born on November 17, 1951 in Anniston, Alabama to Martha Lou and Tom Elbert Story, Sr. Story earned his B.A. degree in the social sciences from Cornell University in 1976 and his M.A degree at the University of Chicago in 1977. Story continued his education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he earned his second M.A. degree in hospital and health administration.

Story began his career at Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he was appointed as the first African American administrator in the hospital's history. From 1985 to 1990, he worked as an administrator at the University of Alabama at Birmingham-University Hospital; and, in 1990, became the chief operating officer at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of Newark, New Jersey. From 1996 to 1998, Story served as the associate executive officer of The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati. Then, Story began working as the executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia. Appointed by the board of directors, Story was named interim president and chief executive officer at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center in 2001. From there, Story served as the vice president of operations of the Cooper Health System in Camden, New Jersey. In 2003, he was hired as the executive director at St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center in New York City, and worked to amend the center’s bankruptcy status. Story was appointed as the president and chief executive officer of the Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia in 2007. In 2012, the Jefferson County Commission in Birmingham, Alabama hired Story to reorganize Cooper Green Mercy Hospital. From 2015 to 2017, Story served as the chief executive officer of East Orange General Hospital in East Orange, New Jersey.

In addition to his other accomplishments, Story also completed a fellowship with the National Association of Public Hospitals. He served as a member of the Regional Policy Boards at the American Hospital Association as well as The Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knight Hospitaller.

Story lives with his wife, Ava, in Hoover, Alabama. They have three children together: Jasmyn, Avana, and Prince James.

Otis L. Story, Sr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 12, 2007, March 20, 2012 and March 27, 2017.

Accession Number

A2007.256

Sex

Male

Interview Date

9/12/2007

3/20/2012

03/27/2017

Last Name

Story

Maker Category
Middle Name

L.

Schools

University of Chicago

Cornell University

University of Alabama at Birmingham

South Highland Elementary School

John Bowne High School

First Name

Otis

Birth City, State, Country

Anniston

HM ID

STO05

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Alabama

Favorite Vacation Destination

Anywhere Warm

Favorite Quote

Thou Shall Have No Other Lord. Thou Shall Love Thy the Lord With All Thy Heart, And With All Thy Mind And All Thy Soul. And The Second is Like Unto It.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New Jersey

Interview Description
Birth Date

11/17/1951

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Englewood

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Fish

Short Description

Chief executive officer Otis L. Story, Sr. (1951 - ) was president and CEO of the Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia.

Employment

Shands Jacksonville Medical Center.

St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center

Ochsner Foundation Hospital

Playland

University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of Chicago Office of Special Programs

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati

Quorum Health Resources

The Endeavor Group

Grady Health System

Azul Health Group

Tampa General Hospital

Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc.

East Orange General Hospital

Favorite Color

Burgundy, Gold

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DAStories

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558715">Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Otis L. Story, Sr.'s interview, session 1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558716">Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. lists his favorites</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558717">Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his mother's family background</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558718">Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his mother's upbringing in Anniston, Alabama</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558719">Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about his maternal uncle</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558720">Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers his mother</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558721">Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes how his parents met</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558722">Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his father's family background</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558723">Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers meeting his white relatives</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558724">Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his father's career</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558725">Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his maternal grandmother's professions</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558726">Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers his paternal uncles</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558727">Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. lists his siblings</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558728">Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558729">Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the community of Anniston, Alabama</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558730">Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the major industries in Anniston, Alabama</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558731">Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers his family's landlord in Anniston, Alabama</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558732">Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls his neighbors in Anniston, Alabama</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558733">Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his early interest in sports</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558734">Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his parents' personalities</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558735">Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his childhood illness</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558736">Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers his parents' side jobs</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558737">Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about his upbringing in a working class community</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558738">Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Slating of Otis L. Story, Sr.'s interview, session 2</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558739">Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his experiences at South Highland Elementary School in Anniston, Alabama</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558740">Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls the racial tensions in Anniston, Alabama</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558741">Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers being chased by dogs in Anniston, Alabama</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558742">Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes segregation in Anniston, Alabama</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558743">Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls the Freedom Rider bus bombing in Anniston, Alabama</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558744">Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the attack on Nat King Cole by Klansmen from Anniston, Alabama</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558745">Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about the attacks on his father in Anniston, Alabama</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558746">Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his early aspirations</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558747">Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers P.S. 142, Shimer Junior High School in Queens, New York</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558748">Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the integration of New York City's schools</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558749">Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his experiences at John Bowne High School in Queens, New York</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558750">Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his introduction to basketball in New York City</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558751">Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his high school basketball career</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558752">Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his coursework at John Bowne High School in Queens, New York</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558753">Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers his mentors at John Bowne High School</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558754">Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls his college aspirations</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558755">Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the New York City teachers' strike of 1968</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558756">Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his involvement in the New York City teachers' strike of 1968</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558757">Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls the New York City Board of Education summer retreat</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558758">Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls his graduation from John Bowne High School in Queens, New York</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558759">Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers his summer basketball league in New York City</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558760">Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers working at the Playland arcade in New York City</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558761">Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls his father's hospitalization</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558762">Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls the denial of medical treatment to black patients at Queens General Hospital</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558763">Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the trip to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558764">Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his experiences at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558765">Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers Professor William Keeton</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558766">Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls his freshmen orientation at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558767">Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558768">Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers his freshman roommate at Cornell University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558769">Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the black basketball players' strike at Cornell University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558770">Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the aftermath of the basketball team's strike at Cornell University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558771">Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his final two years at Cornell University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558772">Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers his father's death</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558773">Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls his aspiration to become a doctor</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558774">Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls his admission to the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558775">Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers meeting his second wife</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558776">Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the role of his wife's family in the Civil Rights Movement</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558777">Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls his enrollment at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558778">Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls working under Larry Hawkins at the University of Chicago</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558779">Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the political climate at the University of Chicago</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558780">Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his decision to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558781">Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his residency at the Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558782">Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers the political leaders of New Orleans, Louisiana</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558783">Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about the role and responsibilities of a hospital administrator</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558784">Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his philosophy of service as a hospital administrator</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558785">Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls a lesson from a nun at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558786">Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers his sister's kidney transplant</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558787">Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about New Jersey's politics</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558788">Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Slating of Otis L. Story, Sr.'s interview, session 3</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558789">Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about his second marriage</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558790">Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the increase in HIV/AIDS and crack cocaine addiction in New Jersey</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558791">Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about the racial bias in legislative responses to drug addiction</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558792">Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. recalls his work at the University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558793">Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his transition to the University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558794">Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his role in the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558795">Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his position at Quorum Health Resources, LLC, pt. 1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558796">Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his position at Quorum Health Resources, LLC, pt. 1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558797">Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers the preparations for Y2K</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558798">Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about the lack of legislative concern for illnesses in the African American community</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558799">Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers his move to Jacksonville, Florida</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558800">Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his consulting work for The Endeavor Group</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558801">Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about his philosophy of hospital economics</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558802">Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about healthcare reform proposals</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558803">Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his tenure as CEO of the Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558804">Tape: 12 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his tenure as CEO of the Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 2</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558805">Tape: 12 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558806">Tape: 12 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes his article, 'Preparing Safety Net Hospitals for Healthcare Reform'</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558807">Tape: 12 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the closure of the Cooper Green Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, pt. 1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558808">Tape: 12 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes the closure of the Cooper Green Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, pt. 2</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558809">Tape: 13 Story: 1 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes how he came to be CEO of the East Orange General Hospital in East Orange, New Jersey</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558810">Tape: 13 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers the lack of women's health facilities in East Orange, New Jersey</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558811">Tape: 13 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about the need for gynecological care for older women</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558812">Tape: 13 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about his behavioral health initiatives</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558813">Tape: 13 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about the closure of hospitals in poor communities</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558814">Tape: 13 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about his plans for the future</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558815">Tape: 13 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. reflects upon the future of healthcare reform</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558816">Tape: 13 Story: 8 - Otis L. Story, Sr. reflects upon his life</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558817">Tape: 14 Story: 1 - Otis L. Story, Sr. reflects upon his legacy, pt. 1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558818">Tape: 14 Story: 2 - Otis L. Story, Sr. reflects upon his legacy, pt. 2</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558819">Tape: 14 Story: 3 - Otis L. Story, Sr. reflects upon his accomplishments at the University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558820">Tape: 14 Story: 4 - Otis L. Story, Sr. remembers establishing a partnership with the FBI</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558821">Tape: 14 Story: 5 - Otis L. Story, Sr. talks about his family</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558822">Tape: 14 Story: 6 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes how he would like to be remembered, pt. 1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/558823">Tape: 14 Story: 7 - Otis L. Story, Sr. describes how he would like to be remembered, pt. 2</a>

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Otis L. Story describes the black basketball players' strike at Cornell University
Otis L. Story recalls his aspiration to become a doctor
Transcript
There's a story about the basketball team that we cannot fail to tell. Now, there was a strike. You all--the black basketball players went on a strike and--$$Yeah, we boycotted the--$$Boycotted the--now what happened, what happened?$$When I was a sophomore, I was part of a great team. I thought we had a great team. And out of the fifteen players, I believe eight were probably black. And there were, out of those eight there were five individuals of African ancestry who were capable of starting, excuse me. The first game, the coach started four of the eight blacks that weekend. And subsequently what happened, was that he got so many telephone calls from the alumni complaining about the fact that he had started four black basketball players at Cornell University [Ithaca, New York], that the pressure continued to mount over the week on him. We learned that his job, his job was placed at risk, and that if he ever put four blacks, if he ever started four blacks again, he would probably lose his job. That's what we heard. And once we found that out, we sort of, we started to watch his rotation, substitution pattern, and even the number of blacks he started. He never started four blacks again. And sort of, the problem came to a head when he started a sophomore, who was my roommate, Lynn Loncki, ahead of the black senior, Tom Sparks [Thomas Sparks]. And we knew, and Lynn knew, that he was not a better ballplayer at that time than Tom Sparks. Tom was a senior, and he was the leader of not only the black ballplayers, he was the leader of the team, he was the captain. How do you sit your captain down who's a senior, and start a sophomore who's still trying to coordinate his hands and his feet? So, he did that because he could start three blacks and still win, because Tom was not the best of the four blacks that he started. And we all knew that. Tom was a senior, and deserved to start. He was good enough to start, but he was not better than the other three blacks. One was, two were juniors and one was a sophomore. And that--once we found that out, we obviously confronted our coach, Jerry Lace. And Coach Lace was a very humble man, and he found himself in a very, very precarious situation, and we realized that. And he, he said in no uncertain terms that he was not in control of this team anymore. Now he coached the rest of the year, but he, it was the chairman, it was the athletic director, and the alumni who were actually calling the shots. And they never did start four blacks during my tenure, which was short lived (laughter), ever again at Cornell. And we walked out, and we, we wanted to support our teammates, the white teammates. And we would travel to games that were close by. And one in particular was to Syracuse University [Syracuse, New York]. And we showed up to support, and people wanted to know, "Well if you want to support your team, why don't you dress out?" We said, "Well, we couldn't do that, because that was a contradiction. Because here was a coach saying that he couldn't support starting black players at Cornell." And we said, "Well, if he couldn't support all of his players," meaning blacks and whites equally, "we couldn't go out there and represent and support Cornell. Why should we do that?" You know, once again, we're trying to break these bonds, you know, the slavery mentality--that we need to serve the master while the master is exploiting us as a people. And so, we refused to do it; we refused to do it.$Okay, so after graduation [from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York] now, what were your plans? Did you plan to--well, you said earlier you planned to become a doctor, right?$$Yeah, my interest was in medicine. I was interested in being an endocrinologist because of the diabetes. My father [Tom Story, Sr.] was, all of my life, you know, he was disabled. And it was something that was a perplexing disease for me as a child when I was in Alabama--as an eight year old child, to hear somebody had sugar. And I couldn't understand how something as sweet as sugar could be so debilitating. Because that was a big thing then in Alabama, because we'd get some sugar and put it in lemonade and--and my dad suffered. He looked normal the first ten years when he was affected by the disease. It was in the last five years of his life when he started--his sight was affected, his mobility was affected. And then the last nine months of his life his foot was amputated and his leg was amputated, and he passed. So, my dad, the last fifteen years of his life, he suffered. And I wanted to go to school to become a doctor, because I wanted to be able to do research, R and D [research and development], to help figure out how do you deal with this twelve carbon chain of sugar? You know, how do you break this thing up? How do you figure out--how do you get one of these glucose--one's ability to metabolize, you know, glucose so that, you know, you had this engine, you know, that supports one's body. And I was just, literally, it was a way of honoring my father and a service to mankind. I always was committed to doing something in the service to mankind. My mother [Martha Wilson Story] wanted me to be a preacher. You know, I wanted to be a doctor, and I came--and ultimately I decided upon hospital administration. I became a healthcare executive, which is all of that. You know, as a healthcare professional, I'm a part of the healing team. Part of what I do, in terms of human relationships with my colleagues that I work with inside of hospitals and health systems, is to minister. And I'm always committed to the community in which the hospital I work in is located. So, I'm a service to the community, a service to my colleagues, my fellow colleagues, and to the patients and the families we serve. So I think I sort of satisfied, to some degree, all of my aspirations as a young teenager, you know, in terms of what my mother wanted me to do, what I wanted to do, and what I ultimately have done over the last twenty-five years--$$Okay. Now (simultaneous)--$$--(simultaneous) in healthcare.

The Honorable Dr. David Satcher

Federal government employee, city government employee, and medical school president Dr. David Satcher was born to Wilmer and Anna Satcher on March 2, 1941, in Anniston, Alabama. He graduated from Morehouse College in 1963 and earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in cytogenetics from Case Western Reserve University in 1970. He completed his residency and fellowship training at Strong Memorial Hospital, the University of Rochester, UCLA, and King-Drew Medical Center.

Satcher served as director of the King-Drew Sickle Cell Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles from 1973 to 1979. He developed and chaired the King-Drew Department of Family Medicine, and served as interim dean of the Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School from 1977 to 1979. Satcher also served as professor and chairman of the Department of Community Medicine and Family Practice at Morehouse School of Medicine from 1979 to 1982, and then as president of Meharry Medical College from 1982 to 1993. President Bill Clinton appointed Satcher to the positions of Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry from 1993 to 1998, and was nominated and confirmed to serve as the sixteenth Surgeon General of the United States from 1998 to 2002. He concurrently served as assistant secretary of health and human services from 1998 to January 2001. Satcher held the rank of full Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Corps and, upon his departure from the Office of Surgeon General, he became a fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation. In the fall of 2002, Satcher began his service as director of the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine, and in December 2004, he was named interim president at Morehouse School of Medicine.

As U.S. Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, Satcher released reports on many topics, including: tobacco and health; mental health, race and ethnicity, suicide prevention, oral health, sexual health and responsible sexual behavior, youth violence prevention and obesity. He made it a priority to attempt to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in the nation’s health care system.

Satcher is the recipient of eighteen honorary degrees and numerous distinguished honors. Satcher and his wife live in the greater Atlanta area. They are the parents of four adult children.

Dr. David Satcher was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 16, 2006.

Accession Number

A2006.036

Sex

Male

Interview Date

3/16/2006

Last Name

Satcher

Maker Category
Organizations
Schools

Public Junior High School 59

Morehouse College

First Name

David

Birth City, State, Country

Anniston

HM ID

SAT01

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Alabama

Favorite Vacation Destination

Cancun, Mexico, Hilton Head, South Carolina

Favorite Quote

Life is filled with golden opportunities carefully disguised as irresolvable problems.

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Speakers Bureau Region State

Georgia

Interview Description
Birth Date

3/2/1941

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Atlanta

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Fruit

Short Description

Medical administrator The Honorable Dr. David Satcher (1941 - ) served as U.S. Surgeon General and attempted to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in the nation’s health care system. Satcher became the director of the National Center of Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine in 2002, and has received numerous distinguished honors and degrees.

Employment

King-Drew Sickle Cell Research Center

Morehouse College School of Medicine

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

United States Public Health Service

Health and Human Services

National Center for Primary Care

Favorite Color

Blue

Reverend Henry Soles

The Reverend Henry Soles, Senior Chaplain of the Chicago Bulls, dedicated his career to community improvement. He served as Associate Minister to DuPage County A.M.E. Church in Lisle, Illinois and was the corporate consultant for the Chicago-based Owens Group. Aside from being a respected community leader, Rev. Soles was an award-winning editor, a journalist for a New York City daily newspaper and a television personality as former host of an Emmy-nominated talk show.

As the chaplain for the Chicago Bulls, Soles lead pre-game Christian chapel services and helped the athletes reflect upon their lives away from the basketball court. Rev. Soles was the founding Board Chairman of DuPage County Housing Association, a nonprofit agency providing 260 housing units for low and moderate-income persons and founding trustee of the DuPage Prayer Breakfast Committee. He served on the boards of various organizations, including: Chicago-based Gospel Outreach, Serenity House, Chicago Mental Health Council, DuPage Prevention Partnership, Mid-America Leadership Foundation, Wheaton-Carol United Way, DuPage Housing Authority and Wheaton History Center.

Rev. Soles received numerous awards, honors and recognitions for his work, including: the Serenity House Man of the Year Award in 1997, the 2001 Adult Citizen of the Year Award from the City of Wheaton, and a Lifetime Achievement in Media Award from the DuPage A.M.E. Church. He was profiled in numerous local and national publications and was a much sought-after inspirational speaker.

Soles passed away on January 18, 2018 at age 82.

Accession Number

A2002.161

Sex

Male

Interview Date

8/23/2002

Last Name

Soles

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Occupation
Organizations
Schools

Plainfield High

First Name

Henry

Birth City, State, Country

Anniston

HM ID

SOL01

State

Alabama

Favorite Vacation Destination

Caribbean

Favorite Quote

Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart And Lean Not On Your Own Understanding; In All Your Ways Submit To Him, And He Will Make Your Paths Straight.

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Speakers Bureau Region State

Illinois

Interview Description
Birth Date

8/17/1935

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Chicago

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Vegetables

Death Date

1/18/2018

Short Description

Chaplain Reverend Henry Soles (1935 - 2018 ) was the senior chaplain of the Chicago Bulls basketball team.

Employment

DuPage County A.M.E. Church

Chicago Bulls

Chicago Bears

Favorite Color

Blue

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<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70045">Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Henry Soles' interview</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70046">Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Henry Soles lists his favorites</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70047">Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Henry Soles talks about his family history</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70048">Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Henry Soles talks about his mother's side of the family in Chicago</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70049">Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Henry Soles describes childhood memories of relatives, segregation, and discipline</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70050">Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Henry Soles talks about his childhood personality</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70051">Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Henry Soles talks about his siblings</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70052">Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Henry Soles describes his mother, Pearlie Mae Soles</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70053">Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Henry Soles describes his father, Henry Soles, Sr.</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70054">Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Henry Soles recalls his family's move to New Jersey</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70055">Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Henry Soles talks about his elementary school years in Alabama</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70056">Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Henry Soles talks about two influential grade school teachers, Mrs. Switzgable and Mrs. Link</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70057">Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Henry Soles talks about his middle school years</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70058">Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Henry Soles talks about his experience with socioeconomic and racial discrimination at Plainfield High School</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70059">Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Henry Soles talks about his family's church involvement</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70060">Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Henry Soles describes his faith conversion</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70061">Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Henry Soles talks about his activities at Plainfield High School in Plainfield, New Jersey</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70062">Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Henry Soles talks about his interest in politics as a student at Plainfield High School in Plainfield, New Jersey</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70063">Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Henry Soles talks about the roles of Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in The Civil Rights Movement</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70064">Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Henry Soles describes his decision to attend Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70065">Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Henry Soles talks about racial discrimination, the Manhattan Bible Institute, and the 1964 World's Fair</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70066">Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Henry Soles talks about the March on Washington in 1963</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70067">Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Henry Soles describes how he became a reporter at the New Brunswick Daily Home News</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70068">Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Henry Soles talks about his work at New Brunswick Daily Home News</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70069">Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Henry Soles talks about an unpleasant incident with the FBI</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70070">Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Henry Soles talks about exposing racial discrimination of a real estate developer</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70071">Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Henry Soles talks about Henry Lewis at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70072">Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Henry Soles describes his journalistic philosophy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70073">Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Henry Soles describes meeting his wife, Effie Soles</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70074">Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Henry Soles talks about his wife, Effie Soles</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70075">Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Henry Soles talks about his family</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70076">Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Henry Soles talks about Urban Ministries, Inc.'s early years</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70077">Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Henry Soles talks about his church, DuPage A.M.E. Church in Lisle, Illinois</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70078">Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Henry Soles talks about the sports ministry of the Chicago Bears</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70079">Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Henry Soles talks about working with professional athletes, pt.1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70080">Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Henry Soles talks about working with professional athletes, pt.2</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70081">Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Henry Soles talks about working with celebrities like Michael Jordan, Jay Leno, Denzel Washington, Tiger Woods, Spike Lee, and Prince</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70082">Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Henry Soles talks about his sports ministry outside of professional athletes</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70083">Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Henry Soles compares professional athletes to businesspeople</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70084">Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Henry Soles talks about his work with athletes and his travels to Nairobi, Kenya</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70085">Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Henry Soles recalls a scary experience in Maasai Mara</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70086">Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Henry Soles talks about retreats with athletes</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70087">Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Henry Soles describes the growth of his ministry</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70088">Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Henry Soles describes how a church in Naples, Florida was saved by a homeless man</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70089">Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Henry Soles describes his first trip to Africa</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70090">Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Henry Soles compares today's professional athletes to those of yesteryear</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70091">Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Henry Soles talks about athletes as role models</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70092">Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Henry Soles talks about Tiger Woods</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70093">Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Henry Soles describes giving back to the community</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70094">Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Henry Soles talks about Tiger Woods's lack of advocacy for women</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70095">Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Henry Soles talks about his Emmy-nominated talk show and meeting Princess Margaret</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70096">Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Henry Soles talks about the Promise Keepers</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70580">Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Henry Soles describes racial reconciliation at a Promise Keepers rally</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70581">Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Henry Soles describes divisions amongst ethnic Jews and his travels to Israel</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70582">Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Henry Soles talks about the Million Man March</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70583">Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Henry Soles reflects upon his accomplishments</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70584">Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Henry Soles talks about how he would like to be remembered</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70585">Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Henry Soles talks about an experience with the Ku Klux Klan</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70586">Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Henry Soles talks about reparations</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70587">Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Henry Soles talks about a challenge in his ministry</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70588">Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Henry Soles describes the sights, sounds, and experiences of his childhood</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70589">Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Henry Soles talks about his uncle's lynching</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70590">Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Henry Soles talks about Emmett Till</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70591">Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Henry Soles describes how his faith helped him deal with his uncle's lynching</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70109">Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Henry Soles talks about preaching in Times Square with a diverse team</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70110">Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Henry Soles reflects upon his legacy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/70111">Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Henry Soles reflects on highlights and impactful moments in his life</a>

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Transcript
What kind of child were you growing up?$$Well, it's hard to just capsulize in one sentence. But I was always very curious. I always wanted to know things and why things happened. Now this is the Alabama phase of my life because I saw around me different things, different people, and I was always asking questions so much so my father [Henry Soles, Sr.] say, "Boy, shut your mouth, mind your manners." And I didn't know what manners meant. But I was always asking questions. And then--I can--my mind goes back now, and I can remember scenes in the town that--where I was born [Anniston, Alabama]. And just--it--it--I remember we had these hills and it had this clay dirt and sometimes people would take the clay dirt and eat it, yes. I said hmmmm, that's interesting, so I tried some of it too. Alabama is known for that. But now that's the--I remember the phase because after we left Alabama, we moved to New Jersey.$So take me back and fold that in--$$Yes.$$--And fold your television stuff in.$$Okay. Okay. Right after we got married then me and my wife [Effie Soles] came of course to Wheaton [Illinois] where we lived. This gentleman from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes [FCA] was a [U.S.] Navy quarterback. He visited us and being a hillbilly from West Virginia, he loved the soul food that we had. So we could relate very well, it was great. And the discussion arose, and he says, would you be open, meaning would I be open to speaking to the Chicago Bears Chapel? I thought about it. I said, well, as an ex-athlete myself, I do know the mindset of athletes and I don't know that I would necessarily be open to that because, you know, I just have a real problem, but if God wants me to do it, I'll do it. So he said, well, would you speak, and he gave me a Sunday, I said, okay, I'll do that for you. So I go down and the Bears meet prior to the game. Now they meet in hotels, but they meet at different locations. The guys are seated and almost as if, their hands are folded as if to say, well I dare you to move me.$$About what year is this?$$This is 1973, '74 [1974].$$Okay.$$So, as if to say, well, you know, move me, in other words. I love challenges. So I begin to speak, as God gave me the ability to do so, and at the end of the meeting, they were very opened, accepted and affirming and asked me to come back again. And that's how I got started in sports ministry with the Chicago Bears. Through the years with the Bears, of course, there was the Walter Peytons and the Mike Singletarys and the guys (unclear) and Vince Evans who was one of the backbones of the chapel for me. Vince was a Bears quarterback at one point. And then Mike Ditka later came into the equation as a coach and there were other coaches that were very affirming of what we were trying to do.