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Guide to the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral histories 2008.030

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Winborne, Wayne, 2008 January 16

Biographical / Historical

Wayne C. Winborne (born 1959) grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia to a father who worked in the shipyards, and was educated at Stanford University and New York University. After graduating college, Winborne moved to the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn to perform community development for inner-city youth. From his perch in Brooklyn, Winborne became involved with both Restoration and the Ford Foundation. In 2003, Winborne joined Restoration's Board of Directors. At the time of the 2008 interview, Winborne was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Restoration and a vice president of business diversity outreach at Prudential Financial. In 2015, Winborne become the executive director of Rutgers University's Institute of Jazz Studies.

Scope and Contents

Wayne C. Winborne begins this interview with a discussion of the socio-economic difficulties faced by inner-city African Americans, and reflects on the roles of economic development and cultural education in eradicating the cycle of poverty. Winborne describes his own ambitious youth; including his education at Stanford University and his move to Brooklyn, New York, where he developed youth programs. He details his path to serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Restoration. Winborne describes cultural changes in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn since 1988, many of them ushered in by Restoration. Winborne speaks of an era of financial difficulty, and shares his views on necessary financial and programming measures. At the interview's end, Winborne lists members of Restoration's Board of Directors who have enriched his life, and expresses his enthusiasm for Restoration's next forty years. Interview conducted by Jako Borren.

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Subject Names

  • Grannum, Colvin W.
  • Winborne, Wayne

Subject Organizations

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

Subject Topics

  • African Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Community development corporations -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Economic development -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Gentrification -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Nonprofit organi-ations -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)