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Interview Date: 4/19/2018

Magazine publisher James Blount was born on June 5, 1943 in Newport News, Virginia to Helen Wilson Blount and Walter L. Blount, Sr. Blount graduated from Isle of Wight County Training School in 1961; and received his B.S. degree in industrial management in 1965 at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia. Blount also took graduate courses in business administration at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

From 1966 to 1970, Blount worked as a marketing and proposal developer in the federal systems division of IBM in Owego, New York. In 1970, Blount and his wife, Carolyne S. Blount, relocated to Rochester, New York, where he worked as a sales representative in the office products division of IBM. In 1971, the Blounts became the sole proprietors of About…Time magazine, one of the oldest African American publications in the country. Blount left IBM in 1973, and became the president and publisher of About…Time magazine the following year. Under Blount’s leadership, About…Time published interviews with such figures as Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, Civil Rights Leader Leon Sullivan, U.S. Solicitor General Wade McCree, Educator Dorothy Height, Children's Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman, and Dancer Arthur Mitchell. In 1984, About…Time published a series called “Rochester Roots/Routes.” Other notable pieces published under Blount’s tenure include “The Last Mile of a 400-Year Journey,” “Katrina Echoes: Storm Season Aftermath is Hard to Erase,” and “Strange Fruit: Jena and the Quest for American Justice.”

Blount served on the board of education for the Rush Henrietta School District from 1981 to 1987. He also served on the board of directors for the Art Council of Rochester and the board for Rochester Business Opportunities Corporation as well as the Industrial Management Council, the Otetiana Council, and Boy Scouts of America. Blount received many awards for his work in the community of Rochester including the Certificate of Appreciation from the Advertising Council of Rochester and the Certificate of Excellence in Education from the Rochester Brainpower Program in 1988; the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Service Award from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School in 1990. Blount was a recipient of the U.S. Postal Service Black History Committee Award in 1997.

Blount and his wife, Carolyne S. Blount, have three children: James, Christina, and Cheryl.

James Blount was interviewed by TheHistoryMakers on April 19, 2018.

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