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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Newspaper Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mexico
Favorite Quote:
It is what it is.

Birthplace

Born:
7/21/1937
Birth Location:
Nashville, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Newspaper Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mexico
Favorite Quote:
It is what it is.

Birthplace

Born:
7/21/1937
Birth Location:
Nashville
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Biography

Distinguished African American journalist and college administrator, John H. Britton, Jr., was born July 21, 1937, in Nashville, Tennessee, to Martha Parrish Britton, a school teacher, and John Henry Britton, Sr., a minister. He credits them with instilling in him lifelong strong values and religious principles. He graduated from Pearl High School in 1954, a few days after the U. S. Supreme Court’s decision on Brown v. Board of Education. He enrolled in Lincoln University in Missouri, transferred after two years to the University of Michigan, and in 1958, he graduated from Drake University with a B.S. degree in journalism. In 1962, he earned an M.S. degree in journalism from Syracuse University in New York.

Britton moved to Atlanta, where he served as a reporter for the Atlanta Daily World. In 1962, he was hired by Jet magazine and worked there as an associate editor until 1966 when he went to work for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and later on the Ralph Bunche Civil Rights Documentation Project in Washington, D.C. In 1968, he returned to Jet magazine as managing editor. In 1971, Britton worked as a publicity manager with Motown Records, and then, in 1973, he was hired as director of public affairs with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington. He then moved to The Washington Post in 1976 to serve as public relations manager. In March 1978, Britton was hired as the director and then associate vice president for public affairs at the University of the District of Columbia, where he served for nineteen years.

In 1998, Britton returned to Nashville, Tennessee, as associate vice president for marketing,and assistant to the president of Meharry Medical College. He continues to serve in the latter position. Throughout his career, he has served as a speechwriter and editorial consultant. Britton is married to Mrs. Cherrie Alvilda Dean Britton and is the stepfather of two adult sons. He and his first wife are the parents of one son, John H. Britton III of Potomac, Maryland. A member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity since his undergraduate days at Lincoln University, Britton is also a member of the NAACP, and an associate member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - John Britton remembers his mother's family members, part 1
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - John Britton discusses his mother's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - John Britton describes his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - John Britton remembers his father's personality
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - John Britton remembers his mother's family members, part 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - John Britton describes his parents' meeting
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - John Britton discusses his early musical pursuits
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - John Britton shares memories from his early life in Nashville, Tennessee, part 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - John Britton shares memories from his early life in Nashville, Tennessee, part 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - John Britton recounts his early school life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - John Britton describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - John Britton recalls his early interests: music and journalism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - John Britton recounts his high school years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - John Britton remembers influential teachers from high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - John Britton recalls his high school activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - John Britton discusses his pursuit of college
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - John Britton recounts his pursuit of graduate studies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - John Britton recalls his early career in journalism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - John Britton remembers influential figures during his time at the 'Atlanta Daily World'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - John Britton reviews his career in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - John Britton remembers covering important events of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - John Britton recalls the political assassinations of the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - John Britton remembers influential figures from the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - John Britton recounts his employment with Motown Records
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - John Britton describes the impact of the Vietnam War on Motown Records
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - John Britton describes his involvement with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - John Britton recounts his employment experience at 'The Washington Post'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - John Britton recalls his employment with the University of the District of Columbia and Bowie State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - John Britton discusses his employment at Meharry Medical College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - John Britton discusses technology's impact on his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - John Britton reflects on the course of his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - John Britton reflects on the role of politics in black lives
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - John Britton shares his values
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - John Britton's message for future generations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - John Britton discusses his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - John Britton considers his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - John Britton shares recommended reading
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - John Britton reflects on the significance of history