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Em Claire Knowles

Librarian Em Claire Knowles was born on June 6, 1952 in Sacramento, California to Sydney Stanley Knowles and Almeana Freddie Early Knowles. Knowles received her B.A. degree in international relations in 1973 from the University of California, Davis and her M.L.S. degree in 1975 from University of California, Berkeley. She later obtained her M.P.A. degree in public administration in 1986 from California State University, Sacramento, and her Ph.D. degree in library and information science in 1988 from Simmons College.

In 1975, Knowles joined the University of California, Davis as coordinator of bibliographic instruction, social sciences and humanities, and as a faculty member, teaching courses in library science until 1988. In 1988, Knowles became the first African American assistant dean of student affairs at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences. In 2001, Knowles was appointed to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, as only the second African American to be appointed to the board; and, in 2006, Knowles became the first African American to serve as chair. In 2018, when Simmons College became a university, Knowles was promoted to assistant dean for academic support at Simmons University's College of Organizational, Computational and Information Sciences.

In 2016, Knowles was elected to the board of directors of Beta Phi Mu. She served as chair of the Awards and Scholarships committee and member of the Steering Committee of the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in 2018.  Knowles has served on numerous boards, including the boards of the Massachusetts Library Association, the New England Library Association, and the Design Team of the National Association of Black MBA Association. She is a lifetime member of the American Library Association (ALA), and an active member of its Black Caucus, where she served as executive board member and secretary. Knowles also served as board liaison to the Simmons Library and Information Science Alumni Association Board for over twenty years. Knowles was elected trustee of the Freedom to Read Foundation, and served as an active member the Massachusetts Black Librarians Network, Inc.

Knowles received the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) Distinguished Service Award in 2011 and the BCALA Professional Development Award in 2013. She has also received the Sojourner Truth Award from the Boston & Vicinity Club in 2015, and the Beta Phi Mu Award in 2017.

Em Claire Knowles was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 16 and 24, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.210

Sex

Female

Interview Date

11/16/2018

Last Name

Knowles

Maker Category
Middle Name

Claire

Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Em

Birth City, State, Country

Sacramento

HM ID

KNO03

Favorite Season

Summer

State

California

Favorite Vacation Destination

Any Place Warm Outside the US

Favorite Quote

People won't remember what you said, people won't remember what you did. They will remember how you made them feel.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Massachusetts

Birth Date

6/6/1954

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Boston

Favorite Food

Chicken Wings

Short Description

Librarian Em Claire Knowles (1952- ) became the first African American assistant dean of student affairs at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences in 1988.

Favorite Color

Purple

Allen Warren

Municipal official Allen Warren was born on June 30, 1964 in Del Paso Heights, Sacramento County, California. He attended Grant High School in Sacramento, where he excelled as an athlete, achieving a number one ranking in the Sacramento region in three sports – baseball, basketball and football. Upon graduating in 1982, he earned his A.A. degree at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, California, and enrolled at California State University, Hayward, where he played on the baseball team. In 1988, Warren joined the New York Yankees’ farm team system as a center fielder. Sidelined by injuries on the field, Warren decided to focus on his education, and returned to California State University, Hayward, where he received his B.A. degree in political science.

Warren completed the executive training program at Dean Witter Reynolds in New York, and worked as a stockbroker from 1991 to 1993. Utilizing a five-acre parcel his mother owned, Warren developed a twenty-six unit subdivision in the Del Paso Heights area. In 1990, he launched New Faze Development, Inc., serving as president and CEO. Warren built a portfolio of projects throughout Northern California, focusing on affordable, smart-growth projects that emphasized urban revitalization. In 2000, he began constructing the Greater Sacramento Urban League’s 28,000 square-foot state-of-the-art workforce development and training facility in the heart of Sacramento’s Del Paso Heights community. In 2008, he directed the Del Paso Nuevo housing development in North Sacramento. In 2012, Warren was elected to the City of Sacramento City Council, representing the second district. He was then re-elected in 2016 for a four-year term, and appointed to chair the new entertainment and sports arena committee (ESC) and the audit committee, among others.

Warren received numerous awards and accolades over the course of his career, including the Unity Award from the Greater Sacramento Urban League, and the Presidential Award from the North State Building Industries Association (BIA). In 2006, Warren was named one of the fifty most influential people in Sacramento by Sacramento Magazine. Warren served on the boards of the Sacramento Zoo, KVIE Public Television, and Greater Sacramento Urban League National Minority Junior Golf, in addition to the Sacramento State University Presidential Advisory Board.

Warren and his wife, Gina, have three children: Braxton, Synclaire, and Roman.

Allen Warren was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 4, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.062

Sex

Male

Interview Date

4/4/2018

Last Name

Warren

Maker Category
Middle Name

Wayne

Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Allen

Birth City, State, Country

Sacramento

HM ID

WAR21

Favorite Season

Spring

State

California

Favorite Vacation Destination

Half Moon Resort, Montego Bay Jamaica

Favorite Quote

No Excuses. Life Is What You Make It.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

California

Birth Date

6/30/1964

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Sacramento

Favorite Food

Salads

Short Description

Municipal official Allen Warren (1964 - ) served as the president and CEO of New Faze Development, Inc. He was also elected to the Sacramento City Council, District 2 in 2012, and re-elected in 2016.

Favorite Color

Blue