Richard Madison My Life & Work in America & Around the World, A Memoir, Edited by Barbara Harkins
The late Richard Madison had a rich and rewarding life and career, especially for someone born in central Alabama during the Depression to poor sharecropper parents with a large family.
Richard graduated with honors from Morehouse College in Atlanta, received an MBA degree from the prestigious Wharton School of Finance in Philadelphia and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.
During his career, Richard held a number of important positions, both in the U.S. and abroad. For example, he worked with CARE, the large, international aid organization, in several countries in Asia, Africa and Central America. Here in the U.S., he was the Director of Personnel for the State of Pennsylvania for almost four years, and Deputy Director of Field Operations for the National Urban League's New Thrust Program in Washington, DC for two years.
At various times in his life Richard taught graduate and undergraduate courses at several schools, including the University of Pittsburgh, Howard University, the University of the District of Columbia, and Clark Atlanta University.
No matter which agency or organization Richard Madison worked with, whether abroad or at home in America, he was never content to toe the conventional line, an attitude that wasn’t always welcomed by the powers that be, as he candidly admits more than once in his Memoir.
Gov. Milton Shapp of Pennsylvania and Richard Madison
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