Sound recording digitized from an audiocassette of an interview between Thomas K. Hamall and Hugh L. Gordon. Hamall briefly recounts his upbringing and education, then moves on to his work experience. He worked in a number of positions that dealt with minority hiring programs and community development for for-profit and non-profit organizations, including the American Cancer Society, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Borden, Inc., the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and Georgia Institute of Technology. Gordon and Hamall also discuss affirmative action programs in Atlanta during the 1970s and 1980s.; Thomas K. Hamall was born in 1933 in Evanston, Illinois. He resided in the north side of Chicago until the age of 9, when his family moved to Miami, Florida. Hamall graduated from high school early to join the U.S. Navy. He attended the University of Miami and Columbia University while working for the American Cancer Society. During his career, Hamall worked in a variety of personnel and community relations positions for organizations such as the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey and Borden, Inc. From 1974 to 1983 he served as the executive vice president of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. It was during his tenure that the Chamber saw its first and second African American presidents, Jesse Hill and Herman J. Russell. Thomas Hamall died on April 29, 2010.
Interview with Thomas K. Hamall, 2007-10-29, Hugh L. Gordon Papers, 1951-2009, Gordon, Kruse, Wentzel Collection, 1951-2010, SC/G/002, Kennesaw State University Archives
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