About Guy Russell
Guy Evans Russell was born in 1941 at Wishard Hospital in Marion County. He grew up in Indianapolis largely in Lockfield Gardens and attended to IPS. Guy earned an electrical engineering degree from Purdue in 1964.
Russell is an amazing man, who was a leader and innovator for his entire life, but didn’t really think of himself as a leader.
While at Purdue in the early 1960s, he was active in civil rights, and he led the way in getting Purdue to host a chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, an African American fraternity. After graduation from Purdue, he spent many years working as an engineer at Allison, in Indianapolis. At the same time, he also dedicated himself to civil rights in the Indianapolis area.
While at Allison, he got involved in a program sponsored by the Johnson administration called Plans for Progress, which recruited African American role models and then sent them to historically black colleges to persuade students to major in engineering.
In the late 1970s, he walked away from a good job at Allison to dedicate himself to working on behalf of civil rights. (Among other things, he supported himself by becoming a “secret shopper.”) He spent the years after the late 1970s working on behalf of civil rights.Explore the complete oral history of Guy Russell