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David R. Jones

Investment banker David R. Jones was born on May 4, 1964 in Dayton, Ohio to David L. and Alease Caldwell Jones. His mother worked as an educator and his father was the first African American certified public accountant in Ohio and co-founded Unity State Bank, Ohio’s first African American owned bank. Jones graduated from the Miami Valley School in 1982 before receiving his B.S. degree from Boston University in 1986, and his M.B.A. degree from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993.

Before earning his M.B.A. degree, Jones was a trust officer at Fifth Third Bank and Wachovia Corporation. After graduating in 1993, he joined Merrill Lynch as a senior associate in the investment banking department. In 1998, he was hired by Blaylock & Partners as head of the investment banking and capital markets departments. In this role, Jones was involved in transactions that enabled the firm to become the nation’s largest Black-owned investment bank handling over $8 billion in deals. In 2006, he co-founded CastleOak Securities and served as CEO of the firm. In 2017, CastleOak partnered with Bloomberg to launch DirectPool, a platform for electronic corporate bond trading.

Jones was appointed to Boston University’s Board of Overseers in 2013, and to the Executive Graduate Board of The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. The next year, he was elected to the Ohio National Financial Services board of directors.

In 2010, Jones received the distinguished alumni award from Boston University School of Management. The following year, he was named as one of the 75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street by Black Enterprise Magazine. In 2012, Jones was named One of the Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs. CastleOak Securities ranked number one by Black Enterprise as Top Minority-Owned Investment Bank in Taxable Securities in 2014; and, in 2017, they were named the Financial Company of the Year by Black Enterprise.

Jones and his wife, Tammye Tillman Jones, reside in New Jersey and have three children: Jillian, Harrison, and Kathryn.

David R. Jones was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 26, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.018

Sex

Male

Interview Date

3/26/2019

Last Name

Jones

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

R.

Occupation
Schools

Jefferson Elementary School

Miami Valley School

Boston University

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

First Name

David

Birth City, State, Country

Dayton

HM ID

JON44

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Ohio

Favorite Vacation Destination

Hilton Head

Favorite Quote

We're In A Can-Do Business

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New York

Birth Date

5/4/1964

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

New York

Favorite Food

Steak

Short Description

Investment banker David R. Jones (1964 - ) was head of investment banking and capital markets at Blaylock & Partners before co-founding CastleOak Securities where he was president and CEO.

Employment

Fifth Third Bank

Wachovia Corporation

Merrill Lynch

Blaylock & Partners

CastleOak Securities L.P.

Favorite Color

Blue

JoAnn Price

Investment banker JoAnn Price was born on January 7, 1950 in North Wales, Pennsylvania to Margaret Ethyl Harris and Joseph Harris. Price received her B.A. degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1971.

After graduation, Price worked as a legislative assistant to Pennsylvania Senator Richard Schweiker for seven years. In 1978, she became vice president of the American Association of Minority Enterprise Small Business Investment Companies, later becoming the National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC). In 1983, she was appointed its president, where she led state and national policy initiatives in support of member investment companies. In 1992, Price led the formation of a strategic partnership between that NAIC and Bigler Crossroads Investment Management Corporation, a nationally recognized private equity fund-of-funds based in Farmington, Connecticut. The purpose of this partnership was to create a vehicle that could successfully intermediate capital between institutional investors and underserved markets. In 1994, after two and a half years, the partnership was formed and funded as Fairview Capital Partners, with Price and Laurence C. Morse as its founders. Fairview initially closed with $100 million of capital under management. Fairview managed nearly $10 billion in committed capital with expanded investment strategies that include mainstream and customized venture programs, private equity, co-investment, and secondary portfolios.
 
Price has served on the advisory boards of several private equity funds in which Fairview has invested, including Robert L. Johnson (RLJ) Equity Partners, Syncom, Inc., and Black Enterprise/Greenwich Street Corporate Growth Partners. An active philanthropist and supporter of community service organization, Price served as chair of the board of directors of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and as director of the Apollo Theater Foundation and the Howard University School of Business Board of Visitors. She also served as chairperson for the Amistad Center for Art & Culture in Hartford, Connecticut, and was appointed director of the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education by Governor Dannel P. Mallory. In 2012, she was honored by the YMCA of Greater Hartford with the R.C. Knox Award for Distinguished Leadership.

Price is an active member of Union Baptist Church in Hartford, Connecticut. She served in a number of capacities, leading to her ordination as deacon in 2012. Price and her husband, James Price, a retired attorney, have three children.
 
JoAnn Price was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 20, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.217

Sex

Female

Interview Date

11/20/2018

Last Name

Price

Maker Category
Organizations
First Name

JoAnn

Birth City, State, Country

North Wales

HM ID

PRI11

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Pennsylvania

Favorite Vacation Destination

Everywhere

Favorite Quote

N/A

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Connecticut

Birth Date

12/7/1950

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Hartford

Favorite Food

N/A

Short Description

Investment banker JoAnn Price (1950 - ) was the co-founder of Fairview Capital Partners, Inc. prior to serving as president of the American Association of Minority Enterprise Small Business Investment Companies (AAMESBIC).

Favorite Color

Red

Laurence Morse

Investment banker Laurence Morse was born on July 2, 1951. He attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he was awarded the Luard Scholarship and spent his junior year at the London School of Economics (LSE). After obtaining his B.A. degree in economics from Howard University in 1973, Morse earned his M.A. degree in 1978 and his Ph.D. degree in economics in 1980, both from Princeton University. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University in 1983.

Morse began his career as an analyst at the venture capital investment firm UNC Ventures, based in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was eventually promoted to associate and investment officer positions. Morse became a vice president of Equico Capital Corporation, a subsidiary of The Equitable Life Insurance Company of America, in 1988. In 1991, he became the founding principal of the TSG Ventures investment fund under the TSG Capital Group. In 1992, Morse was hired as a senior venture capital advisor for Coopers & Lybrand International Consulting Services, where he advised on the establishment of a proposed $100 million USAID-sponsored Africa Enterprise Development Fund to be based in South Africa. Morse and JoAnn H. Price then founded Fairview Capital Partners, Inc. in September of 1994, where Morse oversaw the investment of over $3 billion in more than one hundred traditional and specialized venture capital and private equity limited partnerships. In 2004, Morse was appointed director of Webster Financial Corp. and Webster Bank, N.A.

In 2000, Morse joined the board of directors of the English-Speaking Union. He also served three terms on the board of trustees of the Princeton University Investment Company, and joined the Princeton University Board of Trustees in 2012. Morse has also served on the advisory boards of venture capital partnerships, including U.S. Venture Partners (USVP), Battery Ventures, Sierra Ventures, ICV Capital Partners and Trinity Ventures. In 2013, Morse became a trustee of Harris Associates Investment Trust, which oversees the Oakmark Family of Mutual Funds. In 2014, Morse became a trustee of Howard University.

In 2003, Morse was named one of “The Top Ten Minds in Small Business” by Fortune Small Business magazine. Morse also authored the novel, Sundial, while attending Princeton University. The book, inspired by Morse’s experiences at Howard University in the 1970s, was published in 1986.

Laurence Morse was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 20, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.216

Sex

Male

Interview Date

11/20/2018

Last Name

Morse

Maker Category
Middle Name

C.

Organizations
First Name

Laurence

Birth City, State, Country

Birmingham

HM ID

MOR20

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Alabama

Favorite Vacation Destination

Martha's Vineyard

Favorite Quote

Never Give Up.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Connecticut

Birth Date

7/2/1951

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Hartford

Favorite Food

Crab Cakes

Short Description

Investment banker Laurence Morse (1951 - ) was the founding principal of the TSG Ventures investment fund under the TSG Capital Group before founding Fairview Capital Partners, Inc., a venture capital investment firm.

Favorite Color

Blue

Roslyn Watson

Investment banker Roslyn Watson was born on October 29, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Charles and Christine Watson. She attended Joseph Pennell Elementary School and General Louis Wagner Junior High School. Watson graduated from The Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1967 and received her B.A. degree in political science and government from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts in 1971. She attended Boston University School of Law from 1972 to 1973, and later became an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and received her M.B.A. degree from MIT-Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1986.

After her first year of law school, Watson worked at the law firm of Hale & Dorr in Boston in 1973. She was then hired by the Massachusetts Port Authority in 1979 and was promoted to general manager in 1982, where she spearheaded the leasing of commercial properties held by Massport, the construction and leasing of the Park Plaza Massachusetts Transportation Building, and the redevelopment of the Commonwealth Pier Five, which became the World Trade Center Boston. In 1982, she was a co-founder of CREW Boston, the region’s leading professional organization for women in commercial real estate. Watson served as vice president at Gunwyn Company in Cambridge from 1986 to 1992, and was named trustee of mutual funds at Dreyfus in New York City in 1990. She established Watson Ventures and served as its founder and president in 1992.

Watson served as Hyams Foundation trustee from 1981 to 2015 and as an independent corporate director of American Express Bank, FSB and vice chair of the board of directors at Pathfinder International. She was named to the board of directors for Dreyfus Alcentra Global Credit Income 2024 Target Term Fund, Inc in 2017. She has also served as member of the board of directors at Hydro One Inc., and as director of SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company, Inc.

Watson received the Boston Big Sister Association Woman of Achievement Award, Boston YMCA Boston Black Achiever and Working Woman Magazine’s Working Woman of the Year.

Roslyn Watson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 24, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.201

Sex

Female

Interview Date

10/24/2018

Last Name

Watson

Maker Category
Organizations
First Name

Roslyn

Birth City, State, Country

Philadelphia

HM ID

WAT20

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Pennsylvania

Favorite Vacation Destination

Venice, Italy

Favorite Quote

N/A

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Massachusetts

Birth Date

10/29/1949

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Boston

Favorite Food

Food that I Cook

Short Description

Investment banker Roslyn Watson (1949- ) established Watson Ventures, where, from 1992, she served as founder and president.

Favorite Color

Black

Patricia Miller Zollar

Investment banker Patricia Miller Zollar was born on January 25, 1963 in Rockingham, North Carolina to Queen Esther Miller. She attended the T.W. Bennett Elementary School and Lilesville Middle School, before graduating from Anson Senior High School in Wadesboro, North Carolina. Zollar went on to earn her B.S. degree in accounting in 1984 from North Carolina A&T State University, and her M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School in 1989.

After graduating from college in 1984, Zollar worked as a certified public accountant in Deloitte & Touche’s audit division in Dallas, Texas. In 1993, she joined Lehman Brothers as a trader in the fixed income division in New York City. Three years later, Zollar joined Goldman Sachs as vice president of the asset management division, before returning to Lehman Brothers as the co-head and cofounder of the Partnership Solutions Group in 2004. Zollar became a managing director of Lehman Brothers in 2007, and started the NorthBound Private Equity Partners platform. NorthBound Equity Partners’ private equity investments are focused on minority and female investors and their portfolio companies. In 2008, as a founding shareholder, Zollar helped Neuberger Berman, which was previously acquired by Lehman Brothers, to spin-off as an independent company. She is currently a leader in Neuberger Berman’s Private Equity business and serves as a member of its Global Investment Committee.
In 2004, Zollar became a member of the Executive Leadership Council in New York City. She served on the board of trustees of North Carolina A&T State University from 2007 to 2015, where she served a term as board vice-chair in 2011 and as chair in 2013. In 2010, Zollar joined the board of the National Association of Investment Companies, and the following year joined the board of The Apollo Theater. Zollar began to host the Big Ideas Conference at North Carolina A&T State University in 2016. In 2018, Zollar joined the Harvard Business School Alumni board. She was also a member of the Economic Club of New York and the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City.

Zollar and her husband, Al Zollar, have one child: Diana.

Patricia Zollar was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 23, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.199

Sex

Female

Interview Date

10/23/2018

Last Name

Zollar

Maker Category
Middle Name

M.

Organizations
First Name

Patricia

Birth City, State, Country

Rockingham

HM ID

ZOL04

Favorite Season

Fall

State

North Carolina

Favorite Vacation Destination

Vietnam

Favorite Quote

Never Let Others Define Who You Are.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New York

Birth Date

1/25/1963

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

New York

Favorite Food

Meatloaf

Short Description

Investment banker Patricia Zollar (1963- ) served as managing director of Neuberger Berman’s NorthBound Equity Partners platform.

Favorite Color

Green

Milton Irvin

Investment banker Milton Irvin was born on June 18, 1949 in Orange, New Jersey to Milton M. Sr., and Dorothy W. Irvin. A graduate of Essex Catholic Boys High School in 1967 in Newark, New Jersey, Irvin received his B.S. degree in marine engineering in 1971 from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York and his M.B.A. degree in finance in 1974 from the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia.

Irvin joined Chase Manhattan Bank as corporate lending officer and assistant treasurer from 1974 to 1977. He then went to work for Salomon Brothers, Inc. in New York City from 1977 to 1988. Irvin then served as managing director at Paine Webber Inc. from 1988 to 1990 and then re-joined Salomon Brothers, Inc. as managing director, and the firm’s first African American partner where he worked from 1990 to 1998 and handled short-term debt securities for Salomon’s clients. Irvin was appointed to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation as chair of the Advisory Committee by President Bill Clinton and served from 1995 to 1998. He then joined Blaylock & Partners as president, chief operating officer and partner. Irvin was named managing director at UBS Investment Bank where he led the strategic and tactical execution of diversity initiatives. He also served as UBS global head of career mobility advisor office, talent executive for Leadership Development Program (ASCENT), and global head of recruiting and training for the Fixed Income, Rates and Currency Department from 2002 to 2012.

Irvin was appointed by President Barack Obama for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He also was appointed chairman of the Board of Advisors at CastleOak Securities in 2012. He served as non-executive chairman at NexTier Companies, LLC., a multi-disciplined consulting and investment advisory in 2013. Governor Nikki Haley appointed Irvin to serve on the South Carolina State University Board of Trustees in 2015. Irvin was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees for South Carolina State University in 2018.

Irvin was named one of The 25 Hottest Blacks on Wall Street by Black Enterprise magazine.

Milton and his wife Melody have three adult children including Brandon, Viola and Kesi.

Milton Irvin was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 23, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.145

Sex

Male

Interview Date

7/23/2018

Last Name

Irvin

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Occupation
Schools

Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School

Essex Catholic High School

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

First Name

Milton

Birth City, State, Country

Orange

HM ID

IRV02

Favorite Season

Fall

State

New Jersey

Favorite Vacation Destination

Antigua

Favorite Quote

Don't Sweat The Small Stuff.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

South Carolina

Birth Date

6/18/1949

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Hilton Head

Country

United States of America

Favorite Food

Fried Chicken

Short Description

Investment banker Milton Irvin (1949- ) was managing director at UBS Investment Bank and before that, he was managing director at Paine Webber Inc. and Salomon Brother and prior to that, president and chief operating officer of Blaylock & Partners.

Favorite Color

Blue

Barbara Alleyne

Investment banker Barbara Alleyne was born on October 9, 1948 in Brooklyn, New York to Elaine Harrell Alleyne and Irving Seymour Alleyne. Her family later moved to Long Island, New York and she graduated from Roosevelt Junior and Senior High School in Roosevelt, New York in 1965, and received her B.A. degree in economics from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1970, where she participated in three finance co-ops including one with First National City Bank. She then received her M.B.A. degree from the Columbia Business School in New York, New York in 1979, where she received a scholarship from the Coalition of Concerned Black Executives.

Alleyne worked for Model Cities in the New York City Office for the Aging, where she remained for three years. In 1976, Alleyne secured a position with the New York State Office for the Aging. Following her graduation from Columbia Business School in 1979, Alleyne was hired at Salomon Brothers where she oversaw a team marketing money market securities and was mentored by Milton Irving. In 1989, she joined Chase Manhattan Bank where she worked for five years and sold their first corporate bond, until she returned to Salomon Brothers which later became part of Citigroup in 1998. Alleyne served as the first African American female managing director in global fixed income at Citigroup, where she remained until 2001.

Alleyne then joined the Northeastern University board of directors, where she founded the Black Alumni Association Scholarship, and the scholarship’s annual fundraiser in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. In 2007, Alleyne was elected to the Northeastern University Corporation’s Board of Trustees, and from 2008 to 2009, served on its Students Affairs and Alumni Relations Committee. Alleyne also served as vice chair of the board of directors for the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, and as treasurer of the Martha’s Vineyard Branch of the NAACP. She was also active in the Adult and Community Education of Martha’s Vineyard organization and The Cottagers, Inc., the island’s philanthropic organization. In 2017, Alleyne’s gift to Northeastern University created an associate professorship in the department of African American Studies.

Barbara Alleyne was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 20, 2017.

Accession Number

A2017.150

Sex

Female

Interview Date

08/20/2017

Last Name

Alleyne

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Barbara

Birth City, State, Country

Brooklyn

HM ID

ALL07

Favorite Season

Fall

State

New York

Favorite Vacation Destination

Looking for one - used to be Martha's Vineyard

Favorite Quote

Somebody's got to do it.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Massachusetts

Birth Date

10/9/1948

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Martha's Vineyard

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Ice cream

Short Description

Investment banker Barbara Alleyne (1948 - ) was the managing director in global fixed income at Citigroup until 2001, and founded the Black Alumni Association Scholarship at Northeastern University.

Favorite Color

Many Colors

Charles N. Atkins

Investment banker Charles N. Atkins was born on December 12, 1952 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Dr. Charles Atkins, Sr. and Hannah Diggs Atkins. Atkins’ mother was the first African American woman to be elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1958, serving until 1980. Atkins graduated from Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Oklahoma City in 1971, and went on to receive his B.A. degree in political science, magna cum laude, from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1975. Atkins then earned his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1978.

Following his graduation from Harvard Law School, Atkins served as an associate assistant to President Jimmy Carter, and as the second legislative counsel to U.S. Senator David L. Boren of Oklahoma. In 1984, he was named deputy director of the Democratic National Convention platform committee, as well as deputy campaign manager for Walter Mondale’s vice-presidential candidate, Geraldine Ferarro. Atkins worked as a senior vice president at Lehman Brothers from 1988 to 1990 before leaving to join Morgan Stanley. As executive director, Atkins focused on corporate structured finance and utility sector recapitalization, and headed the corporate reorganization of Constellation Energy. He also served on President Bill Clinton’s presidential transition team in 1993, and was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Advisory Committee of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. Atkins left Morgan Stanley in 2013 to found Atkins Capital Strategies LLC. In 2015, he became the executive chairman of Premier League Basketball in the United Kingdom, and a partner at Maroon Capital Group LLC. In 2017, Atkins became a senior advisor at Guggenheim Securities, LLC in New York City, focusing on corporate structured finance for corporate and financial sponsor clients.

Atkins was a trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Folk Art Museum, in addition to serving on the board of advisors for his elementary school, Casady School in Oklahoma City. Atkins also worked with McKinsey & Company, publishing multiple financial reports such as Global Capital Markets: Entering a New Era, in collaboration with a team of economists. Atkins has been awarded two U.S. patents for innovative financing structures.

Charles N. Atkins was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 16, 2016.

Accession Number

A2016.040

Sex

Male

Interview Date

12/16/2016

Last Name

Atkins

Maker Category
Marital Status

Widower

Middle Name

N.

Schools

Bishop Mcguinness Catholic High School

Harvard Law School

Edwards Elementary School

Casady School

Howard University

First Name

Charles

Birth City, State, Country

Oklahoma City

HM ID

ATK01

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Oklahoma

Favorite Vacation Destination

Caribbean Beaches

Favorite Quote

The Struggle Continues.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New York

Birth Date

12/25/1952

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

New York

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Macaroni And Cheese, Peach Pie

Short Description

Investment banker Charles N. Atkins (1953 - ) served as the executive director of Morgan Stanley from 1990 to 2013, the founder of Atkins Capital Strategies LLC, and a senior advisor at Guggenheim Securities, LLC.

Employment

The United States Government

United States Senate

Democratic National Convention

Geraldine Ferarro's Campaign

Lehman Brothers

Morgan Stanley

Atkins Capital Strategies

Maroon Capital Group LLC

Akin Gump

Butler and Binion

Favorite Color

Bright Orange, Orange-Yellow

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DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Charles N. Atkins' interview

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Charles N. Atkins lists his favorites

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Charles N. Atkins describes his father's family background, pt.1

Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Charles N. Atkins describes his father's family background, pt. 2

Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Charles N. Atkins describes how his parents met

Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Charles N. Atkins talks about his father's medical career

Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Charles N. Atkins talks about the African American community in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Charles N. Atkins describes his mother's family background, pt. 1

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Charles N. Atkins describes his mother's family background, pt. 2

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Charles N. Atkins talks about his maternal family's education and professions

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Charles N. Atkins recalls his early civil rights activities in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Charles N. Atkins remembers integrating the Casady School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Charles N. Atkins describes his earliest childhood memories

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Charles N. Atkins describes his community in rural Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Charles N. Atkins describes his experiences of desegregation in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Charles N. Atkins remembers the desegregation of the Oklahoma City Public Schools

Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Charles N. Atkins talks about his mother's activism

Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Charles N. Atkins describes his mother's political career

Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Charles N. Atkins describes his mother's involvement with the National Black Political Conventions

Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Charles N. Atkins describes his experiences at Howard University, pt. 1

Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Charles N. Atkins describes is experiences at Howard University in Washington, D.C., pt. 2

Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Charles N. Atkins describes his undergraduate honors thesis

Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Charles N. Atkins talks about his high school activism

Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Charles N. Atkins describes his early experiences of religion

Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Charles N. Atkins talks about his decision to attend Harvard Law School

Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Charles N. Atkins remembers his professors and classmates at Harvard Law School

Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Charles N. Atkins talks about the diverse student body of Harvard Law School

Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Charles N. Atkins recalls Harvard University's divestment from South Africa

Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Charles N. Atkins talks about his summer law internships

Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Charles N. Atkins describes his experiences at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP

Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Charles N. Atkins describes his role in the Office of Public Liaison under President Jimmy Carter

Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Charles N. Atkins remembers working as legislative counsel to Senator David Boren

Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Charles N. Atkins remembers meeting Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill

Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Charles N. Atkins describes his work on the Democratic Party Platform Committee

Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Charles N. Atkins narrates his photographs

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Charles N. Atkins recalls his early civil rights activities in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Charles N. Atkins describes his work on the Democratic Party Platform Committee
Transcript
And so we have here, here is, (displays photograph) here is my--this is in Oklahoma City [Oklahoma], in, on November 7th in 1955. This is a particular photograph that was done by an Associated Press for--person. This was upon the, the, upon the particular ruling by the Interstate Commerce Commission that basically train travel in, would, would basically no longer be, be segregated. And so this was in the Santa Fe train station, Oklahoma City [Santa Fe Depot, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma], in 1955, and so I'm that young, almost three year old, in my dad's [Charles N. Atkins, Sr.] arms and we were a nice looking Negro family, and we were looking up at a sign that said Negro waiting room. And so this is the whole story about how I was born into Jim Crow. As a, as a young child at the ages of four and five I remember participating in sit-in demonstrations in Oklahoma City, which were 1957, 1958. We had the longest continuous sit-in of demonstration in American history, which was, which was basically prior to Greensboro [North Carolina] in 1960. In Oklahoma City, the NAACP Youth Council led by Miss, Miss Clara Luper, all of us marched, and so as a child I marched. And I have vivid memories of white and colored signs. And, and, and so I also attended an outstanding segregated elementary school, Edwards Elementary School [Oklahoma City, Oklahoma], where I, I got a, a great start and then in 1965, we--our particular family is third or fourth generation Episcopalian, active in the Episcopal church in Oklahoma City. My older brother Edmund [Edmund E. Atkins] who was in that particular photo, was not allowed to attend the Episcopal prep school in Oklahoma City, which is Casady School, which is still absolutely the best school in Oklahoma, Casady School. He was not allowed to attend even though it is an Episcopal school.$$Because he was black?$$Yes. And it was all-white.$$And what year was this?$$This was up until '65 [1965]. In '65 [1965] I was part of four students who integrated Casady School as sixth graders, and it was all students from our church, and which was a black Episcopalian church in Oklahoma City, the wonderful, the wonderful Church of the Redeemer [Episcopal Church of the Redeemer] and so I integrated Casady School, a tremendous education. I studied classical Greek. I studied Latin. I studied French. It was, it was a top notch, you know, more of a New England style prep school with, with chapel every day, uniforms, jackets and ties at chapel and at lunch and I have lifelong friends. It was a tremendously positive experience integrating that.$David Boren was a good man. He was a seatmate of Hannah's [Atkins' mother, Hannah Diggs Atkins] in the Oklahoma Legislature. He was in the, the House of Representatives [Oklahoma House of Representatives], he was one of the youngest governors and he was the close, close friend. I worked for him. He was a good friend of my dad's [Charles N. Atkins, Sr.]. He, he gave a wonderful eulogy at Hannah's funeral, along with the governor and, but we will get to that in our next round.$$Okay.$$But from the, from the Boren office, my dear, my dear late wife Gayle [Gayle Perkins Atkins], she was editorial director at, at Channel 4 [WRC-TV] in D.C. [Washington, D.C.]. She had, she had, she had a particular session with Ann Lewis who is basically Barney Frank's sister, and Lewis was a major, major Democratic Party activist. And she mentioned to Gayle that there was this woman in [U.S.] Congress from Queens [New York] named, named Geraldine Ferraro who was gonna be chair of the Democratic Party Platform Committee, and so Ann Lewis mentioned to Gayle, "You know what, we're doing staff for the, for the Democratic Party Platform Committee," and she asked Gayle, "Do you know anybody who, who, might be good on that staff?" And Gayle said, "Yeah, my husband" (laughter). And so I became right after I worked, I helped David Boren do the response to the State of the Union, I helped him write that, I moved over to the, to the DNC [Democratic National Committee]. This was '83 [1983]. This was basically February of '83 [1983], and I, it was Susan Estrich who was also, who was a year or two, year or two of me--year or two ahead of me at Harvard Law School [Cambridge, Massachusetts], was the first, the first woman to be president of the Harvard Law Review. She was active in, in, in, in Democratic Party politics. And so it was, it was me and Susan Estrich who headed up the, that, that, that staff for the Democratic Party platform. All throughout '83 [1983] and '84 [1984], so it was Jesse Jackson [HistoryMaker Reverend Jesse L. Jackson] campaign, Gary Hart campaign and Walter Mondale campaign and we held maybe ten or fifteen hearings. [HistoryMaker] Richard Arrington who was the, the, the first black mayor of, of Birmingham [Alabama], was the chair of the, was the basically deputy chair and then Geraldine was the chair, so after doing that whole, that whole complex Democratic Party platform with three active Democratic Party--three active presidential campaigns, I'm there in San Francisco [California] at the Democratic, at the, at the San Francisco convention [1984 Democratic National Convention, San Francisco, California], and I'm there in the hotel suite with, with Geraldine. I was there when Walter Mondale called her to join the 1984 ticket, and so I was her first hug. I gave her her first hug and she said, "Charles [HistoryMaker Charles N. Atkins] I want you on the campaign plane with me, I want you there with me." And so I became deputy campaign manager, 1984 presidential campaign and it was a great, eighty-four campaign stops in twenty-five states and a great historical experience, even though we lost, lost forty-nine states, it was a great experience.

Clarence B. Jones

Legal advisor and civil rights leader Clarence B. Jones was born on January 8, 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents, Mary and Goldshore Jones, were live-in domestic household servants. He was raised in foster homes and in a Catholic boarding school in Eastern Pennsylvania, run by the Sisters of The Blessed Sacrament. Jones graduated from Palmyra High School in Palmyra, New Jersey in 1949, and enrolled in Columbia University. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War in 1953, but was discharged as a “national security risk” due to his left-wing political activities as a college student and his refusal to sign a loyalty oath at the time of his induction. After receiving his B.A. degree from Columbia in 1956, he attended Boston University School of Law, obtaining his LL.B. degree in 1959.

In 1960, Jones moved to Altadena, California to pursue an entertainment and intellectual property law practice. The following year, he joined the defense team for Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was charged with tax fraud by the State of Alabama. After King’s acquittal, Jones moved to Harlem, New York to work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He then became a partner at the firm of Lubell, Lubell, and Jones. In 1962, Jones was selected to serve as general counsel for the Gandhi Society for Human Rights, the SCLC’s fundraising arm. He joined King’s inner circle, the “research committee,” helping draft the civil rights leader’s speeches. He disseminated King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (1963), contributed to the “I Have a Dream” (1963) and “Beyond Vietnam” (1967) speeches, and represented the SCLC in the landmark libel case New York Times v. Sullivan (1964). Jones copyrighted the “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. In 1967, Jones joined the investment banking and brokerage firm of Carter, Berlind & Weill and became the first African American allied member of the New York Stock Exchange. In 1971, at the request of then New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, he served as a negotiator during the Attica Prison riot, as well as the editor, publisher, and part owner of the New York Amsterdam News. During his career, he provided financial consulting services to the governments of the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Zambia, as well as to private investors through Marks Paneth & Shron LLP. He served as a senior partner at Clemenson Capital Company, specializing in cross-border finance in Korea; and President & CEO of CBJ Multimedia Associates, Inc., specializing in telecommunications.

Jones was named Fortune Magazine’s “Man of the Month” twice. He received numerous awards for his service and appeared on CNN, the O’Reilly Factor, NPR, and other media outlets. He was named a Scholar in Residence at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, during which time he wrote and published two books about his experiences with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jones lives in Palo Alto, California.

Clarence B. Jones was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 10, 2015.

Accession Number

A2015.012

Sex

Male

Interview Date

12/10/2015 |and| 12/11/2015 |and| 12/14/2015

Last Name

Jones

Maker Category
Marital Status

Domestic Partner

Middle Name

Benjamin

Organizations
Schools

Palmyra High School

Columbia University

Boston University School of Law

First Name

Clarence

Birth City, State, Country

Philadelphia

HM ID

JON41

Favorite Season

Autumn

State

Pennsylvania

Favorite Vacation Destination

The Bahamas

Favorite Quote

The first one hundred years are the hardest, after that it's a piece of cake.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

California

Birth Date

1/8/1931

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Bay Area/Palo Alto

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Floating Island - Branzini Fish

Short Description

Lawyer and investment banker Clarence B. Jones (1931 - ) served as legal advisor and speechwriter for the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was also the first African American allied member of the New York Stock Exchange.

Employment

Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Gandhi Society for Human Rights

Lubell, Lubell and Jones

Carter, Berlind & Weill

Marks Paneth & Shron LLP

Clemenson Capital Company

Stanford University Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute

Favorite Color

Blue

Frank Savage

Investment banker Frank Savage was born on July 10, 1938 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina to Grace Savage and Frank Savage, Sr. When Savage was six months old, his mother and his twin sister, Frances, moved to Washington, D.C., where Savage’s mother opened up a beauty salon. In 1961, Savage earned his B.A. degree from Howard University, and in 1964, he received his M.A. degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University.

In 1962, Savage joined Crossroads Africa where he was assigned, along with two hundred and fifty other students, to build tennis courts at an all-boys school in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). Upon earning his M.A. degree in 1964, Savage joined Citibank, as the first African American in its international division, and worked in the Middle East and Africa. In 1970, Savage joined Equitable Life Insurance as president of Equico Capital Corp., the largest Minority Enterprise Small Business Investment Corporation in the United States. In 1973, Savage joined TAW International Leasing as executive vice president. He then went on to become vice chairman of the board and head of international operations for Equitable Capital Management Corporation; and, in 1987, he was named senior vice president of The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States (now the AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company). In 1992, Savage became chairman of Equitable Capital Management Corporation, where he spearheaded the firm’s global investment management business. Following the merger of Equitable Capital Management Corporation and Alliance Capital Management International in 1993, he served as chairman emeritus of Alliance Capital.

In 1998, Savage became a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and in 2001, he resigned from Alliance Capital to form the Africa Millennium Fund. After the events of September 11, 2001, Savage delayed his plans for the Africa Millennium Fund and started Savage Holdings, where he serves as CEO.

Savage is chairman emeritus of the SAIS advisory board and of Howard University’s board of trustees. He has also served on the boards of Bloomberg LP, New York Academy of Medicine, Lockheed Martin, Qualcomm, and the New York Philharmonic. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Hofstra University and an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Howard University. In addition, Savage won the Lord Nelson Trophy as part of the 2003 Antigua Race Week Regatta, the premier sailing event in the Caribbean.

Savage is married to Lolita Valderrama Savage. They have six children.

Frank Savage was interviewed The HistoryMakers on May 5, 2014.

Accession Number

A2014.122

Sex

Male

Interview Date

5/5/2014 |and| 5/7/2014

Last Name

Savage

Maker Category
Occupation
Schools

Thomas P. Morgan Elementary School

Benjamin Banneker Academic High School

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Howard University

First Name

Frank

Birth City, State, Country

Rocky Mount

HM ID

SAV02

State

North Carolina

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Speakers Bureau Region State

New York

Birth Date

7/10/1938

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

New York

Country

United States

Short Description

Investment banker Frank Savage (1938 - ) was CEO of Savage Holdings. He held leadership roles at Equico Capital Corp, TAW International, Equitable Capital Management Corporation, AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, and Alliance Capital Management International. In addition, he was the first African American to work in Citibank’s international division.

Employment

Citibank

Equico Capital

TAW International

Equitable Life Assur. Co.

Equitable Capital Management

Alliance Capital Mgmt Intl.

Savage Holdings LLC