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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Publisher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
This Little Light Of Mine, I’m Going To Let It Shine.

Birthplace

Born:
6/28/1947
Birth Location:
Greensboro, Georgia

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Publisher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
This Little Light Of Mine, I’m Going To Let It Shine.

Birthplace

Born:
6/28/1947
Birth Location:
Greensboro
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Biography

Publisher and entrepreneur Carolyn Jernigan Glenn was born on June 28, 1947 in Greenesboro, Georgia to parents Flossie Hill and Albert Jernigan. In 1963, Glenn graduated from Carver High School at the age of sixteen. She went on to receive her B.S. degree in business education from Albany State University in Albany, Georgia in 1967. She then received two M.S. degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, one in business and vocational education in 1972, and one in in educational administration in 1985. She is also licensed to practice real estate in Georgia and Florida.

Glenn spent twenty years working in public education, as a secretary, business teacher, vocational coordinator, and high school administrator. In 1991, Glenn and her husband, Dr. Earl Glenn, established ACE III Communications and founded The Champion Newspaper with Glenn as publisher. The Champion is Georgia’s largest African American-owned newspaper, and, since 1996, has been the most award-winning weekly among all newspapers in The Georgia Press Association. In 1999, they launched Atlanta Goodlife, a magazine focused on the lifestyles of African Americans in the Atlanta metropolitan area. In 2008, Glenn became the president of the Earl and Carolyn Glenn Foundation. Under the auspices of that foundation, she and her husband created Unconditional Love for Children, which provides opportunities for disadvantaged children to become empowered through educational enrichment programs, life skills training, athletics, and access to health services. She has been a log-time Foundation Board trustee and past chair at Georgia Perimeter College, and has endowed a perpetual scholarship for students at Albany State University.

Glenn has also been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. In 1994, she received the Benjamin Hooks Business Award from the DeKalb branch of the NAACP. In 1995, her newspaper won two Business of the Year Awards, one from the South DeKalb YMCA and another from 100 Black Men of DeKalb. That same year, Glenn was named Outstanding Entrepreneur by Success Guide. In 1996, she was named Businesswoman of the Year by the South DeKalb Business Association. The Atlanta Business League named her Businesswoman of the Year in 1997, and one of the 100 Top Black Woman of Influence from 1996 to 2014. She has also been named a Woman of Distinction by Living Word COGIC and listed among six influential Georgia women in Women Looking Ahead magazine. She won a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award from Georgia Perimeter College in 2006, and a Trail Blazer Award from Congressman Hank Johnson in 2013.

Glenn lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia with her husband. They have one grown son, Christian.

Carolyn Jernigan Glenn was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 20, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Carolyn Glenn's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Carolyn Glenn lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Carolyn Glenn describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Carolyn Glenn describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Carolyn Glenn talks about her maternal grandfather's work to rebuild the family wealth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Carolyn Glenn recalls her maternal grandfather's charity to black sharecroppers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Carolyn Glenn talks about her mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Carolyn Glenn describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Carolyn Glenn talks about her parents' early relationship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Carolyn Glenn describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Carolyn Glenn lists her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Carolyn Glenn describes the challenges of integration
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Carolyn Glenn describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Carolyn Glenn talks about her neighborhood in Monroe, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Carolyn Glenn describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Carolyn Glenn talks about her elementary school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Carolyn Glenn remembers her influential teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Carolyn Glenn remembers her activities at George Washington Carver Elementary and High School in Monroe, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Carolyn Glenn talks about her parents' fears of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Carolyn Glenn recalls her decision to attend Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Carolyn Glenn describes her experiences at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Carolyn Glenn talks about her transfer from Spelman College to Albany State College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Carolyn Glenn recalls witnessing President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's motorcade
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Carolyn Glenn recalls protesting against segregation at Rich's Department Store
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Carolyn Glenn describes segregation in Albany, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Carolyn Glenn remembers joining the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Carolyn Glenn recalls her mentors at Albany State College in Albany, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Carolyn Glenn remembers teaching at Dalton High School in Dalton, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Carolyn Glenn describes the black community in Dalton, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Carolyn Glenn talks about her success at Dalton High School in Dalton, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Carolyn Glenn recalls teaching at J.C. Murphy High School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Carolyn Glenn remembers mentoring a gay student at Murphy High School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Carolyn Glenn talks about her promotion to vocational coordinator at Murphy High School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Carolyn Glenn talks about her educational philosophy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Carolyn Glenn remembers the growth of the black community in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Carolyn Glenn describes her experiences as a graduate student at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Carolyn Glenn talks about her transition to vocational coordinator at Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Carolyn Glenn recalls the highlights of her time at Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Carolyn Glenn remembers meeting her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Carolyn Glenn describes her decision to leave the education profession
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Carolyn Glenn talks about founding The Champion
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Carolyn Glenn describes the founding of The Champion newspaper
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Carolyn Glenn remembers the first issue of The Champion
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Carolyn Glenn recalls founding ACE III Communications, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Carolyn Glenn remembers The Champion newspaper's financial challenges
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Carolyn Glenn recalls preparing The Champion to become the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Carolyn Glenn talks about The Champion's designation as the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Carolyn Glenn recalls the legal battle over The Champion's designation as the newspaper of record for DeKalb County, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Carolyn Glenn remembers creating The Champion Free Press
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Carolyn Glenn talks about Atlanta Goodlife magazine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Carolyn Glenn talks about the name of The Champion newspaper
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Carolyn Glenn describes the news coverage in The Champion
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Carolyn Glenn talks about her civic activities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Carolyn Glenn remembers the O.J. Simpson trial
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Carolyn Glenn recalls the coverage of President Barack Obama's election in The Champion
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Carolyn Glenn talks about The Champion's digital platform
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Carolyn Glenn remembers founding the Earl and Carolyn Glenn Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Carolyn Glenn describes her philanthropy in Jamaica
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Carolyn Glenn talks about the funding of the Earl and Carolyn Glenn Foundation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Carolyn Glenn talks about her plans for the future of The Champion newspaper
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Carolyn Glenn describes her concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Carolyn Glenn describes her concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Carolyn Glenn reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Carolyn Glenn reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Carolyn Glenn talks about her family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Carolyn Glenn describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Carolyn Glenn narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Carolyn Glenn narrates her photographs, pt. 2