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Springfield, Massachusetts
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Interview Date: 11/15/2018

Photographer and academic administrator Reginald Jackson was born in 1945 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He graduated from Springfield Technical High School in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1963 and received his A.A. degree in graphic arts, printing and photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York in 1965. He received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in graphic design, film and photography from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut in 1970. He obtained his M.S.W. degree in policy and planning from SUNY Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York in 1976, and his Ph.D. degree in communications and visual anthropology from the Union Institute in 1979. He completed post-graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the department of urban studies and planning in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Jackson was a founding member of the Black Workshop in 1968, a group of African American graduate students studying architecture and city planning at Yale University. He then joined the faculty at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts in 1974. Jackson’s work was presented in the “African Extensions: A Photographic Search for African Survivals in the Americas” exhibition at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine in 1981. In 1986, Jackson established Olaleye Communications, Inc. to distribute educational, visual, and cultural information pertaining to the African experience.

His work was featured in Black Boston: documentary photography and the African-American experience. Jackson was chosen as Simmons College’s Man of the Year in 2007. Jackson also served as the chair of visual communications, dean of international relations, and vice president at the African University College of Communications in Accra, Ghana from 2008 to 2012.

Jackson’s work and papers are displayed and held at The Yale University Art Gallery, The Boston Athenaeum, MIT Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, the Bowdoin Museum of Art, and the RISD Museum of Art and Simmons and Amherst Colleges.

Jackson’s affiliations, memberships and tenured honors include: member of the Boston Pan-African Forum, artist emeritus at Northeastern University's African American Master Artists in Residence Program, emeritus professor at Simmons College, emeritus master artist for the Ford Foundation Fellowship and emeritus master artist at the Smithsonian Institute.

He has received numerous academic awards including a Fulbright Fellowship, Ford Foundation grants and fellowships from the Smithsonian Institute, University of Massachusetts, Boston and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Reginald Jackson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 15, 2018.

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