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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Publishing Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Chilean Sea Bass
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
It's Opportunity Time.

Birthplace

Born:
3/14/1943
Birth Location:
Columbia, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Publishing Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Chilean Sea Bass
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
It's Opportunity Time.

Birthplace

Born:
3/14/1943
Birth Location:
Columbia
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Biography

Newspaper executive Jean Boone was born on March 14, 1943 in Columbia, South Carolina to Helen Patterson and Daniel Patterson. Boone graduated from C.A. Johnson High School in Columbia in 1960, and went on to earn her B.A. degree in sociology and anthropology from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1962. She then received her M.S. degree in social work in 1966 from Boston University.

After graduating from Boston University, Boone moved to Richmond, Virginia, where her husband, Raymond Boone, Sr., was editor of the Richmond Afro-American. She became an adjunct professor of education at Virginia Commonwealth University. She also worked as the associate director for housing and economic development for the Urban League of Richmond. In 1981, Boone joined the Children’s Defense Fund as the director of state and local affairs, serving until 1989. In 1988, Boone also served as the manager of community affairs and marketing for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. When Boone’s husband established Paradigm Communications, Inc. in 1991, Boone joined him as advertising director. The following year, Paradigm Communications, Inc. published the inaugural issue of the Richmond Free Press on January 16, 1992. Boone was named publisher of the Richmond Free Press in late June 2014 by the board of directors of Paradigm Communications, Inc. after her husband’s death.

Under the leadership of Boone and her late husband, the Richmond Free Press’ accomplishments were recognized by the Virginia Press Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the NAACP and the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. In 2001, the newspaper was the recipient of the Best in Commercial Renovation Award in recognition of its leadership during a downtown revitalization project. Boone was honored by the YWCA of Greater Richmond with the 2004 Outstanding Women in Communications Award and at Hattitude 2016: Hats Off to Women, which was hosted by the American Business Women’s Association. Boone served on the board of Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc.

Boone and her late husband, Raymond Boone, Sr., had two children, Regina and Raymond Jr., and a grandson named Raymond III.

Jean Boone was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 9, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Jean Boone's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jean Boone lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jean Boone describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jean Boone describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jean Boone talks about her likeness to her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jean Boone describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jean Boone remembers the Waverly community in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jean Boone describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jean Boone remembers black street vendors in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jean Boone remembers Waverly Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Jean Boone recalls her influential teachers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Jean Boone remembers C.A. Johnson High School in Columbia, South Carolina, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jean Boone remembers C.A. Johnson High School in Columbia, South Carolina, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jean Boone recalls her aspirations during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jean Boone remembers the Civil Rights Movement in Greensboro, North Carolina, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jean Boone recalls her decision to attend Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jean Boone remembers the Civil Rights Movement in Greensboro, North Carolina, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jean Boone recalls transferring to Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jean Boone remembers Professor Lester Granger
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jean Boone remembers enrolling in the social work program at Boston University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jean Boone remembers the political events of the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Jean Boone recalls her influences at Boston University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Jean Boone remembers organizing for the United South End Settlements in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jean Boone remembers Melvin King
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jean Boone recalls her internship at the Greater Washington Urban League
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jean Boone remembers meeting her husband, Raymond H. Boone
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jean Boone describes her accomplishments at the Urban League of Greater Richmond
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jean Boone remembers teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jean Boone remembers her husband's role at the Richmond Afro-American
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jean Boone describes her projects at the Baltimore Blueprint
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jean Boone recalls working with the Children's Defense Fund in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jean Boone describes her work with the Children's Defense Fund
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jean Boone remembers her role at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jean Boone reflects upon her efforts to diversify the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jean Boone describes her husband's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jean Boone talks about the internment of her husband's father during World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jean Boone talks about the history of interracial marriage in Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jean Boone talks about the prevalence of mixed black and Asian ancestry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jean Boone describes her husband's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jean Boone describes her husband's upbringing and education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jean Boone describes Raymond H. Boone's vision for the Richmond Free Press
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jean Boone talks about the facilities of the Richmond Free Press
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jean Boone talks about the black community in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jean Boone describes her role as the advertising director of the Richmond Free Press
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jean Boone talks about the relationship between the Richmond Free Press and the Richmond Afro-American
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jean Boone remembers the editorial stances of the Richmond Free Press
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Jean Boone talks about the Richmond Free Press' political endorsement process
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jean Boone remembers the candidates endorsed by the Richmond Free Press
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jean Boone talks about the future of the Richmond Free Press
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jean Boone describes the staff of the Richmond Free Press
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jean Boone talks about the political climate in Virginia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jean Boone reflects upon her husband's legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Jean Boone reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Jean Boone describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Jean Boone describes how she would like to remembered