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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Marketing Entrepreneur
Music Manager

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Any City
Favorite Quote:
Say What You Mean And Mean What You Say.

Birthplace

Born:
11/16/1940
Birth Location:
Louisburg, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Marketing Entrepreneur
Music Manager

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Any City
Favorite Quote:
Say What You Mean And Mean What You Say.

Birthplace

Born:
11/16/1940
Birth Location:
Louisburg
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Biography

Bunnie Jackson-Ransom was born on November 16, 1940 in Louisburg, North Carolina to Burnell James Hayes and Elizabeth Day Hayes. She attended North Carolina College in Durham, North Carolina, graduating magna cum laude with a B.S. degree in business and a minor in education. Jackson-Ransom then received her M.S. degree in business from North Carolina Central University School of Business and Economics in 1969.

Jackson-Ransom was hired as an instructor of business and supervisor of secretarial services at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She then joined Economic Opportunity Atlanta, Inc., where she was a contract specialist, program coordinator, director of planning and program development during her five-year tenure. In 1965, she met and married Maynard Jackson, who went on to become the first black mayor of Atlanta in 1973; Jackson-Ransom and Jackson divorced in 1976.

In 1975, Jackson-Ransom founded firstClass, Inc., a company specializing in marketing, community affairs, communications and public relations. With firstClass, Inc., she has worked with many clients including The National Conference of Black Mayors, Waste Management, Inc. and the Burger King Corporation. Jackson-Ransom is responsible for designing and implementing many on-going community action projects for her clients, working to include the goals of the urban community that benefit and enhance the lives of the least fortunate. In 1978, Jackson-Ransom worked with Bernadette Carey, publicity director of Fashion Fair Cosmetics, on a line of black cosmetics. She would later marry Raymond Ransom, a bass player for the musical group, Brick. From 1979 to 1983, Jackson-Ransom was owner and operator of Airport Amusement Concessions at Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta. She also managed the careers of several performing artists between 1978 and 1988 when she served as Chief Administrative Officer of a conglomerate company under the umbrella of Atlanta Artists. For Atlanta Artists Management, Jackson-Ransom served as president. She managed multi-million dollar record sales, toured the world with performances and promotions, negotiated production deals for her artists (which included CAMEO and Larry Blackmon, The SOS Band and Cashflow) and carried her artists to gold and platinum record status. She also served as an instructor at Georgia State University teaching a course called “Artist Representation” from 1981 to 1990 and in 1995.

Jackson-Ransom is a member of the Atlanta League of Women Voters (organizer of the Cascade Heights Branch), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Executive Committee member of the Atlanta branch of the NAACP, the Azalea Chapter of The Links, Inc., the Metropolitan Atlanta Coalition of 100 Black Women and the National Council of Negro Women. Her awards include Outstanding Young Women in America (1970-1980). Jackson-Ransom has been listed in Who’s Who in American Women, Who’s Who in Georgia and Who’s Who in Black America from 1981 to the present. She was listed in Dollars and Sense Magazine as one of “America’s Top 100 Black Business and Professional Women” in 1985. She was also listed among Atlanta’s “Top 100 Women of Influence” by the Atlanta Business League from 1997 to 2005 and received a community service award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in January of 2008.

Jackson-Ransom is the proud mother of four (Beth Jackson Hodges, Brooke Jackson Edmond, Rae Yvonne Ransom and Maynard H. Jackson, III), grandmother of five (Isabella Daisy Jackson, Luke Benjamin Jackson, Hayes Jackson Edmond, Brooke Lee Irene Edmond and Cassandra Elizabeth Edmond) and is an active member of Cascade United Methodist Church.

Jackson-Ransom was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 27, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Bunnie Jackson-Ransom's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes her community in Louisburg, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom remembers harvesting tobacco
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes her relationships with her parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom remembers the Franklin County Training School in North Carolina, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes the South Main Street Baptist Church in Louisburg, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom remembers the Franklin County Training School in North Carolina, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom recalls the television programs and music of her youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom recalls the teachers at the Franklin County Training School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom recalls North Carolina Central University at Durham in North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom recalls her marriage to Donald Burke
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom remembers returning to school after her marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom recalls her work at the James E. Shepard Memorial Foundation, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom remembers earning her M.B.A. degree
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom recalls teaching at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom remembers the sit-ins in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom recalls her introduction to the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom remembers her move to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom remembers Julian Bond
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes her work at Economic Opportunity Atlanta, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes her work at Economic Opportunity Atlanta, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes the planning department of Economic Opportunity Atlanta
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes Maynard Jackson's political career, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes Maynard Jackson's political career, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom recalls Maynard Jackson's election to Atlanta vice-mayor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom talks about her career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom recalls her volunteer work in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom remembers Maynard Jackson's first mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes her work with formerly incarcerated women, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes her work with formerly incarcerated women, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom talks about representing artist Ernie Barnes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom remembers founding firstClass, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom recalls becoming the sole owner of firstClass, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes the development of her clientele at firstClass, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom remembers her celebrity clients at firstClass, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom talks about her divorce from Maynard Jackson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom remembers meeting Ray Ransom
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes her work in the music industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes her marriage to Ray Ransom
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom talks about her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes her community engagement at firstClass, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom talks about her organizational affiliations, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom talks about her organizational affiliations, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes the Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom talks about her board memberships
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom talks about her retirement
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Slating of Bunnie Jackson-Ransom's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom recalls joining the sit-in movement in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom remembers the sit-ins in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom recalls meeting Reverend Jesse L. Jackson
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom talks about her marriage to Maynard Jackson
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom remembers the events of 1968
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom recalls Maynard Jackson's U.S. Senate campaign
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom recalls Maynard Jackson's vice mayoralty of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom remembers the law firm of Jackson, Patterson, and Parks
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes her work in the entertainment industry
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom reflects upon the death of Michael Jackson
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom remembers Lena Horne
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom talks about her marriage to Ray Ransom
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom remembers managing The S.O.S. Band and Cameo
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom recalls leaving the entertainment industry
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom recalls developing her corporate clientele
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes her venture into public transit advertisement
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom remembers her venture into airport hospitality
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes her daughter, Rae Ransom
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes her grandchildren
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom talks about her book, 'Getting the Word Out'
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom describes her plans for the future
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Bunnie Jackson-Ransom narrates her photographs