Nashville, Tennessee , United States
|| April 23, 1973
Apr 17, 2012 10:34pm
Caucasian - Married -
|Info||ANDREW RICE was born in Oklahoma City in 1973 to Hugh and Cindy Rice. He attended Christ the King School and Casady School. He is married to Dr. Apple Newman Rice, who is a Pathologist with the Integris Southwest Hospital in South Oklahoma City. Andrew and Apple had their first child, Noah David, on December 7th, 2004. Andrew and Apple are members of Mayflower Congregational Church. He attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Rice graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor's Degree in Religious Studies and a minor in African American Studies. He was one of 12 "Senior Scholars" to complete an undergraduate dissertation in a specialized area. Andrew's dissertation was on the relationship between American Jews and African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement. |
Rice was accepted to Harvard University Divinity School and deferred his admission for one year to work and travel in Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand. In Sri Lanka he worked with the largest Buddhist Grassroots NGO in Asia, helping with rural development in Village life and in the conflict zone. In Thailand, Rice worked for the country's largest private AIDS Hospice. In India, Rice studied local addiction problems and treatment.
In 1997, Rice enrolled in Harvard University Divinity School and pursued a Masters in Theological Studies. His area of focus was the role of religion in social justice movements, and the origination of anti-Semitism in the early Christian Church. He graduated from Harvard in 1999.
While in graduate School Rice returned to India with his sister Amy Rice to shoot a documentary about the AIDS pandemic there. In 1999 he completed the film, From Ashes, which centered around an ex-convict who runs a hospice for rejected HIV+ people near Bangalore, India. From Ashes screened at film festivals in the United States, Canada, and India.
In 1999 Rice moved to New York City to work as a freelance documentary producer and editor. He worked on programs for the BBC and PBS, including segments for The Newshour with Jim Lehrer.
On September 11th, Andrew’s older brother, David Rice, was killed in the World Trade Center, where he worked for the investment firm Sandler O'Neill. David was a graduate of Bishop McGuiness Highschool and former Fullbright Scholar in South Africa. He was 31-years-old when he was killed.
Due to this tragedy, Andrew decided to re-dedicate his career to social justice work and moved to Austin, Texas in February 2002 to work for the advocacy organization the Texas Freedom Network, which counters the influence of religious extremism in politics. It was formed in 1995 by Ann Richards' daughter Cecile after her mother was defeated by George W. Bush and his religious extremist base. In Austin, Rice launched a state-wide public education initiative entitled the Fundamentalism Education Project, which organized progressive Texas religious leaders to openly challenge the myth that fundamentalism represents the essential values of our faith traditions.
In 2003 Andrew returned to Oklahoma City, where he founded the Progressive Alliance Foundation, of which he is the Executive Director. The Progressive Alliance Foundation works throughout the state of Oklahoma advancing progressive, fair-minded and constitutional solutions to our public policy problems. Andrew also launched the RED RIVER DEMOCRACY PROJECT (RRDP) in 2003, which used Chautauqua style community festivals to inform Oklahoma citizens about the failures of our political system to live up to our nation’s democratic ideals. The RRDP is now a 527 political organization.
Andrew is member of the September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows steering committee, and has worked tirelessly over the past 3 years as a proponent for a legal, humane, and rational response to attacks of September 11th, 2001. Peaceful Tomorrows was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 and 2004. Andrew has spoken in 15 states, and in South Africa, and has been interviewed by the BBC, CBC, MSNBC, Fox News, and has written op-ed columns for the Oklahoma Gazette. Andrew was awarded the 2004 Angie Debo Civil Libertarian of the Year Award from the ALCU of Oklahoma. Andrew is also on the board of The People’s Opinion Project.