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Jeanne Brayboy

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
Elementary School Music Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required.

Birthplace

Born:
2/23/1930
Birth Location:
Camden, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
Elementary School Music Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required.

Birthplace

Born:
2/23/1930
Birth Location:
Camden
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Biography

Civil rights activist and elementary school music teacher Jeanne Martin Brayboy was born on February 23, 1930, in Camden, South Carolina. Her father, John Wendell Martin, was a high school teacher and football coach; and he started the first African American athletic conference in South Carolina. Her mother, June Singleton Martin, was a librarian. Brayboy and her younger sister, Thomasina, grew up under strict segregation, and they recognized the disparities between whites and blacks in Camden’s educational system. She attended Mather Academy, an African American boarding school founded in 1867 by the Women’s Division of the Northern Methodist Church in Camden, where the teachers stressed academic excellence and community responsibility. Brayboy graduated from Mather Academy in 1947.

Brayboy went on to attend Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, as a music major, where she became active in the Bennett Choir among other campus activities. In 1951, Brayboy graduated from Bennett College with honors and received her B.A. degree in music. She entered Boston University to pursue her M.A. degree in music education. During her tenure at Boston University, Brayboy met Martin Luther King, Jr. Brayboy and King were a part of a small group of friends that attended black social gatherings on campus. She graduated from Boston University in 1953, and started her teaching career in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1954, she married the late Dr. Jack Brayboy, who was an administrator at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Brayboy spent forty years as a teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System, from 1953 to 1993. While she worked in the segregated Charlotte schools, she witnessed bus boycotts and sit-ins during the Civil Rights Movement. In 1969, Brayboy became one of the first African American teachers to integrate the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools. Brayboy retired in 1993.

The mother of two adult children, Jack and Joyce, Brayboy devotes her time to many civic organizations including the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Levine Museum of the New South and the Foundation for the Carolinas. In 2011, Brayboy was awarded the Marie R. Rowe Award by the Symphony Guild of Charlotte, Inc.

Jeanne Martin Brayboy was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 20, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Jeanne Brayboy's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jeanne Brayboy lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jeanne Brayboy describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jeanne Brayboy describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jeanne Brayboy describes her parents' education and professions
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jeanne Brayboy describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jeanne Brayboy describes her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jeanne Brayboy describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jeanne Brayboy describes segregation in Camden, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jeanne Brayboy remembers Mather Academy in Camden, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Jeanne Brayboy describes her sister
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Jeanne Brayboy remembers the holidays with her family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Jeanne Brayboy describes her great-aunt
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Jeanne Brayboy describes racial discrimination in Camden, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Jeanne Brayboy remembers her aunt's sewing business
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Jeanne Brayboy remembers her teachers at Mather Academy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Jeanne Brayboy describes Trinity Methodist Church in Camden, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jeanne Brayboy describes her activities at Mather Academy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jeanne Brayboy talks about her family history of college education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jeanne Brayboy describes her interest in music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jeanne Brayboy describes her great-aunt's land ownership
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jeanne Brayboy remembers polo and steeplechase races
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jeanne Brayboy remembers Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jeanne Brayboy remembers traveling with the Bennett College choir
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jeanne Brayboy remembers her studies at Bennett College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jeanne Brayboy describes segregation in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Jeanne Brayboy recalls her social acitivties at Bennett College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Jeanne Brayboy remembers Boston University in Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Jeanne Brayboy remembers Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jeanne Brayboy describes Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a young man
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jeanne Brayboy recalls dating Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jeanne Brayboy describes her social life at Boston University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jeanne Brayboy recalls teaching music in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jeanne Brayboy describes her music curriculum
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jeanne Brayboy remembers teaching in segregated schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jeanne Brayboy describes McCrorey Heights in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jeanne Brayboy recalls Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s visit to Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jeanne Brayboy recalls Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech at a school in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jeanne Brayboy describes the Civil Rights Movement in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jeanne Brayboy remembers school integration in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jeanne Brayboy describes her daughter's experience of school integration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jeanne Brayboy remembers her husband, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jeanne Brayboy describes her children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jeanne Brayboy remembers Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jeanne Brayboy describes her teaching career in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Jeanne Brayboy remembers her husband, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Jeanne Brayboy remembers her retirement from teaching
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Jeanne Brayboy describes her involvement in the Foundation for the Carolinas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Jeanne Brayboy remembers her father's community service
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jeanne Brayboy talks about her parents' community involvement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jeanne Brayboy describes her activities in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jeanne Brayboy remembers parenting after her husband's death
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jeanne Brayboy describes the changes at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jeanne Brayboy describes her organizational involvement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jeanne Brayboy reflects upon her teaching career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jeanne Brayboy describes the aftermath of the school busing program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Jeanne Brayboy describes the changes in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Jeanne Brayboy talks about her grandson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Jeanne Brayboy reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Jeanne Brayboy describes the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Jeanne Brayboy talks about Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Jeanne Brayboy remembers the racial violence in South Carolina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jeanne Brayboy talks about her husband's U.S. military service
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jeanne Brayboy describes her neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jeanne Brayboy describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jeanne Brayboy reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jeanne Brayboy shares her advice to future generations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Jeanne Brayboy narrates her photographs