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Color: Purple
Food: Banana Pudding
Quote: I'm the only one. Still I am one.
Season: Fall
Vacation Destination: Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
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Biography |

Interview Date: 04/20/2018

Magazine editor Carolyne S. Blount was born on March 21, 1943 in Richmond, Virginia to Callie Brown Scott and Earl Scott, Sr. Blount graduated from Ruthville High School in Ruthville, Virginia, and received her B.S. degree in education, library science, and history from Virginia State University in 1963. She then earned her M.A. degree in library science from Drexel University in 1964.

From 1964 to 1967, Blount worked as an assistant librarian at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1967, she accepted the position of technical reports specialist in the federal systems division at IBM in Osego, New York. From 1969 to 1971, Blount worked as a reference librarian in IBM’s the systems development division in Endicott, New York. Once Blount and her husband, James Blount, assumed ownership of About…Time Magazine, Inc. in 1971, Blount left her position at IBM to serve as the magazine’s executive editor. Under her leadership, About…Time published a series called Rochester Roots/Routes in 1984. The magazine also designed Eugene E. Du Bois’ book The City of Frederick Douglass: Rochester’s African American People and Places. About…Time published other notable articles such as “Last Mile of a 400-Year Journey,” which examined the spirituality of African burial grounds, and “Katrina Echoes: Storm Season Aftermath is Hard to Erase.” In addition to her publishing, Blount was involved with the Southern Black Heritage Collection’s research on black elementary and high school histories in Charles City County, Virginia. She also assisted in the development of a living history museum in Ruthville, Virginia

Blount served on the board of directors of the Montgomery Neighborhood Center and National Gateways African American Classical Music Festival as well as on Rochester’s Black Heritage Month Committee. Blount received a number of awards over her career including the Howard Coles Communications Award in 1983 and 1985, the Media Achievement Award from Virginia State University National Alumni Association in 1988, and the Women’s History Month Award from the Rochester Board of Education in 1997.

Blount and her husband, James Blount, have three children: James, Christina, and Cheryl.

Carolyne S. Blount was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 20, 2018.

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