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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With the Honorable Richard Arrington

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Mayor and academic administrator Richard Arrington Jr. was born on October 19, 1934 in Livingston, Alabama. He graduated from Fairfield Industrial High School in 1951 in Fairfield, Alabama. In 1955, Arrington received his B.S. in biology from Miles College in Fairfield. In 1957, he received his M.S. degree from the University of Detroit in Michigan, where he worked as a graduate assistant. He received his Ph.D. degree in zoology from the University of Oklahoma in Norman in 1966. At the urging of Miles College President Lucius Pitts, Arrington accepted an appointment as acting dean and director of the summer school. He was soon promoted to chair of the natural sciences department and then, dean of the college. In 1971, Arrington entered politics in a successful run for city council. Eight years later, he became the first African-American mayor of the city of Birmingham, Alabama. He served 20 years, from 1979 to 1999.
Performers
Denise Gines, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
134 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with The Honorable Richard Arrington
The Honorable Richard Arrington
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Birmingham, Alabama 2017 May 04.
Description
1 online resource (5 video files (2 hr., 13 min., 52 sec.)) : sound, color
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