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The HistoryMakers video oral history with Spencer Leak, Sr.

Author: Spencer Leak; Larry Crowe; Scott Stearns; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : English
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Funeral director and state government official Spencer Leak, Sr. was born on April 15, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Wilson Junior College after high school, graduating from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1959. In the 1960s, Leak became involved in the Civil Rights Movement, participating in a march on then racially-segregated Oak Woods Cemetery. In 1964, thousands of fans flocked to Leak and Sons  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Internet videos
Interviews
Named Person: Spencer Leak
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Spencer Leak; Larry Crowe; Scott Stearns; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
OCLC Number: 1000518727
Credits: Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Performer(s): Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Event notes: Recorded
Chicago, Illinois
2004 January 21.
Description: 1 online resource (6 video files (2 hr., 45 min., 16 sec.)) : sound, color.
Other Titles: History Makers video oral history with Spencer Leak, Sr.
Spencer Leak, Sr.

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Funeral director and state government official Spencer Leak, Sr. was born on April 15, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Wilson Junior College after high school, graduating from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1959. In the 1960s, Leak became involved in the Civil Rights Movement, participating in a march on then racially-segregated Oak Woods Cemetery. In 1964, thousands of fans flocked to Leak and Sons Funeral Chapel to view the body of singer Sam Cooke. By 1970, Leak was promoted to funeral director. He returned to school earning his B.S. degree from Daniel Hale Williams College and his M.S. degree from Chicago State University. He was executive director of Cook County Department of Corrections, deputy chief inspector general for the Illinois Secretary of State and other government positions. Leak worked as commissioner of the Illinois Human Rights Commission. Beginning 1993, Leak was president and CEO of Leak and Sons Funeral Home.

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