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Jannette L. Dates

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Communications Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Miami, Florida
Favorite Quote:
We can do it.

Birthplace

Born:
3/17/1937
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Communications Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Miami, Florida
Favorite Quote:
We can do it.

Birthplace

Born:
3/17/1937
Birth Location:
Baltimore
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Biography

Jannette Dates is an educator and critical commentator on the images of African Americans in the media. Born on March 17, 1937 in Baltimore, Maryland, she was educated at the city's Coleridge Taylor Elementary School and Booker T. Washington Junior High School before attending Frederick Douglass High School. She remained in Baltimore for her collegiate education, graduating with a B.S. from Coppin State University.

After college, she became a teacher in the Baltimore City Public School System in 1958. In 1964, she became a television demonstration teacher for the school system, working in conjunction with three local television stations, WBAL, WJZ and WMAR.

Continuing her educational career in her hometown, she became an assistant professor at Morgan State University in 1971. During her time at Morgan State, Dates became the producer, writer and anchor for North Star, a weekly hour-long show featuring local and national African American entertainment and sports personalities. It aired on WBAL from 1972 to 1973, and she also worked with the station as a co-producer on the twenty-two-part series, The Negro in U.S. History, which aired during the 1973-1974 season.

In 1978, she published her first article, "Thoughts on Black Stereotypes in Television," which appeared in Ethnic Images in American Film and Television. In 1981, she became an assistant professor at nearby Howard University in Washington, D.C., working in the school's Department of Radio, Film, and Television.

In the years since she joined Howard, Dates has been a frequent speaker on radio talk shows in various cities the country, and she has also been featured as a panelist on National Public Radio, CNN, and C-SPAN, addressing issues of the media treatment of African Americans and other racial and ethnic groups. She has contributed chapters for thirteen books, and has written three scholarly articles and been published several other times. In 1996, she became dean of the School of Communication at Howard.

Dates also has a Ph. D. from the University of Maryland at College Park, an M.Ed. from Johns Hopkins University, a certificate in the Management Development Program from Harvard University, and has served as a fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jannette Dates recalls memories from her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jannette Dates describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jannette Dates remembers elementary school and junior high
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jannette Dates talks about high school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jannette Dates remembers an influential high school teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jannette Dates talks about the presence of 'The Afro-American' newspaper
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jannette Dates briefly discusses her involvement with church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jannette Dates recalls schoolmates with whom she has stayed in touch
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jannette Dates discusses experiences at Coppin State University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jannette Dates recounts her years working for Baltimore City Public School System
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jannette Dates discusses learning how to teach and different teaching strategies
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jannette Dates recalls meeting her husband
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jannette Dates remembers her experience as a television demonstration teacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jannette Dates discusses early experiences hosting 'North Star'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jannette Dates remembers interviewing Louis Farrakhan on her television show, 'North Star'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jannette Dates discusses the popularity of 'North Star' in the Baltimore area
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jannette Dates explains her career change to Morgan State University's Communications Department
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jannette Dates talks about Thomas Cripps and how he influenced her pursuit of a Ph.D.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jannette Dates explains her dissertation for the University of Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jannette Dates tells of how she became involved with Howard University's School of Communications
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jannette Dates describes her career at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Janette Dates explains reasons for returning to Coppin State University to teach
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Jannette Dates talks about bringing the cable television industry into the classroom
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jannette Dates details her role at the School of Communications at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jannette Dates describes the reasoning behind writing 'Split Image'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jannette Dates talks about the focus of 'Split Image'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jannette Dates talks about life spans of African American sitcoms
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jannette Dates explains how 'Split Image' was titled
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jannette Dates recalls issues involved in the publishing of 'Split Image'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jannette Dates discusses her writing approach with 'Split Image'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jannette Dates discusses the success and growth of Howard University's School of Communications
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jannette Dates talks about the future of blacks in the communications field
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jannette Dates discusses the portrayal of blacks in various feature films
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jannette Dates explains differences between 'Good Times' and 'Sanford and Son' television sitcoms
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jannette Dates comments on blacks presented in a positive light on television programs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jannette Dates expresses her views on various television networks
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jannette Dates discusses her hopes for a more diverse popular culture
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jannette Dates talks about ways of combatting the underclassing of African Americans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Jannette Dates talks about how black culture is portrayed through entertainment outlets
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jannette Dates analyzes the motion picture 'Barbershop'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jannette Dates describes her work ethic
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jannette Dates discusses future plans and her children
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jannette Dates's hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jannette Dates considers her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Jannette Dates talks about plans for a new communications building at Howard University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - How Jannette Dates would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Photo - Jannette Dates, ten months old, 1938
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Photo - Jannette Dates with her two sisters, Mabel Lake Murray and Iantha Lake Tucker, ca. 1940s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Photo - Jannette Dates with her parents, grandmother, and sisters, ca. 1940s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Photo - Jannette Dates with friends from high school, Baltimore, Maryland, 1953
  • Tape: 6 Story: 13 - Photo - Jannette Dates with friends from high school, Baltimore, Maryland, 2002
  • Tape: 6 Story: 14 - Photo - Jannette Dates teaching a class on television at WBAL-TV, Channel 11, Baltimore, Maryland, 1973
  • Tape: 6 Story: 15 - Photo - Newspaper article featuring Jannette Dates from the 'Afro American', Baltimore, Maryland, 1968
  • Tape: 6 Story: 16 - Photo - Newspaper article featuring Jannette Dates from the 'Evening Sun', Baltimore, Maryland, 1968
  • Tape: 6 Story: 17 - Photo - Jannette Dates and Thomas Cripps, 1973
  • Tape: 6 Story: 18 - Photo - Jannette Dates with her husband and children, 1976
  • Tape: 6 Story: 19 - Photo - Jannette Dates's parents and in-laws, 1980
  • Tape: 6 Story: 20 - Photo - Jannette Dates with her mother, nephew and sister, 1982
  • Tape: 6 Story: 21 - Photo - Cover of Jannette Dates's book 'Split Image: African Americans in the Mass Media', 1990
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Photo - Jannette Dates's family at her son, Craig Dates's graduation, 1999
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Photo - Jannette Dates at a Panel of American Women reunion, 2000
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Photo - Jannette Dates's mother, Iantha Alexander Lake's family at the Alexander family reunion, 1994
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Photo - Jannette Dates's mother, Iantha Alexander Lake, and her family members, 1994
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Photo - Jannette Dates with her childhood friends and second grade teacher, 1985
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Photo - Jannette Dates and her husband, Victor H. Dates, 2000
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Photo - Jannette Dates's parents, Iantha Alexander Lake and Moses Oliver Lake, 1995
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Photo - Jannette Dates and others celebrating the anniversary of the School of Communications, Howard University, Washington, D.C.. 1996
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Photo - Jannette Dates with Tom Brokaw at Peabody Awards banquet, 2000
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Photo - Jannette Dates with Bill Duke, Hollywood, California, 2000
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Photo - 'Jet' magazine photo from the covention of the National Association for Black Journalists (NABJ), 2002
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - Photo - Jannette Dates as part of 'Ebony' magazine's Outstanding Women in Marketing and Communications, New York City, New York, 2002
  • Tape: 7 Story: 13 - Photo - Jannette Dates with Magic Johnson, Bob Johnson, Debbie Allen Nixon, H. Patrick Swygert, 2002
  • Tape: 7 Story: 14 - Photo - 'Jet' magazine article featuring Jannette Dates, John H. Johnson, H. Patrick Swygert, Earl Graves, Jeff Burns, Jr., Virgil Ecton and Lerone Bennett, Jr., 2003
  • Tape: 7 Story: 15 - Photo - 'Jet' magazine article featuring Jannette Dates, John H. Johnson, H. Patrick Swygert, Earl Graves, Jeff Burns, Jr., Virgil Ecton and Lerone Bennett, Jr., and Howard University alumni, 2003
  • Tape: 7 Story: 16 - Photo - Jannette Dates and her sisters dressed in graduation attire
  • Tape: 7 Story: 17 - Photo - Jannette Lake Dates, 2002