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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Executive
Humanities Professor
Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gold, Green, Oranges, Yellow
Favorite Food:
Cake (Chocolate)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
To Thine Own Self Be True.

Birthplace

Born:
10/3/1937
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Executive
Humanities Professor
Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gold, Green, Oranges, Yellow
Favorite Food:
Cake (Chocolate)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
To Thine Own Self Be True.

Birthplace

Born:
10/3/1937
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

Foundation executive and professor Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon, founding director of Dobbs Foundation for the Arts and Humanities Education and Clark Atlanta University Humanities professor, was born on October 3, 1937, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Benjamin Allan Blackburn, and Willie Juliet Dobbs Blackburn. Blackburn-Beamon’s maternal grandfather, John Wesley Dobbs, was an early leader in Atlanta’s African American community who played a significant role in the development of the Sweet Auburn business district. Blackburn-Beamon’s parents raised her, along with her younger brother Benjamin Allan Jr., in Jackson, Mississippi, where they worked as educators.

Blackburn-Beamon’s father was a teacher and principal in Jackson’s public schools and her mother taught at what was then Jackson College for Negro Teachers, now Jackson State University. Blackburn-Beamon received her preschool and elementary school education in the practice schools on Jackson College’s campus. After eighth grade, Blackburn-Beamon attended Tougaloo College Preparatory High School, and, after the eleventh grade, became an early entrant into Tougaloo College. Blackburn-Beamon entered Spelman College as a sophomore in 1955, at the age of eighteen. Blackburn-Beamon graduated from Spelman College in 1958 and went on to receive her M.S. degree in applied art from New York University in 1959.

Though eventually she returned to academia and was awarded a Ph.D. in humanities from Clark Atlanta University, for the next period of her life Blackburn-Beamon worked in the commercial and government arenas. Blackburn-Beamon was an assistant buyer at Alexander's from 1961 to 1962 and moved on to Lane Bryant in 1963 to become a buyer in women's sportswear. In 1966, Blackburn-Beamon began to teach salesmanship and junior management with the Manpower program for State of New York Department of Labor. At Bronx Community College and Kingsboro College, Blackburn-Beamon taught marketing. From 1968 to 1971, Blackburn-Beamon lived and worked in the Bahamas developing training programs with British American Life Insurance Company. Blackburn-Beamon returned to New York City in 1971 to train for a position in upper management at Sears Roebuck; her work for Sears brought her to Atlanta, where her cousin, Maynard Jackson, was serving his first term as mayor. In Atlanta, Blackburn-Beamon transferred to a job marketing a line of black hair care products called LeConté. In 1977, Blackburn-Beamon went to Sierra Leone to work for the United States Government Department of State’s Agency in Development, (AID); upon her return that same year, she began working at Atlanta’s Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit (MARTA). In 1979, Blackburn-Beamon married African American architect LaFayette Beamon.

In 1996, Blackburn-Beamon received her doctorate and took a position as professor and chairperson of the Art and Architectural Studies Department at Morris Brown, also teaching at Spelman and Clark Atlanta. Blackburn-Beamon served as director of the John W. Dobbs Foundation for Arts and Humanities Education and on the board of Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts. In addition to her professional activities, Blackburn-Beamon was also heavily active in various philanthropic pursuits in the Atlanta area. Blackburn-Beamon received the Leadership Atlanta Award in 1994, and the Collections of Life and Heritage Museum’s Support Awards in 1985 and 1990, among numerous other awards and honors throughout her career.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon describes her maternal family background, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon describes her maternal grandfather, John Wesley Dobbs, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon describes her great-grandmother Minnie Millie Minerva Hendricks Dobbs
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon describes her maternal grandmother, Irene Thompson Dobbs, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon describes her paternal family background
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon describes her father, Benjamin Blackburn
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon describes her father's time at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon describes her father's career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon talks about her birth in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon describes her earliest memories of growing up in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon talks about Jackson College and how her parents met
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon shares her school memories
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon talks about Jackson College in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon talks about attending Tougaloo College Preparatory High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon talks about her cousins
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon talks about her cousin, Maynard Jackson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon describes attending Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon talks about her interest in art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon talks about her decision to study applied art at New York University in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon talks about searching for a career in the arts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon describes experiencing racism in New York City in 1960
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon describes being an intern at Bloomingdales in 1958
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon talks about working as an assistant buyer at Alexander's
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon recalls racial discrimination when seeking an internship at Saks Fifth Avenue
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  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon remembers the scholarships Mississippi gave black students to study out of state
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon describes her first husband. Lawrence Houston
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon talks about working for the Manpower Development Training Program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon talks about teaching at community colleges in New York City, New York and the Bahamas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon talks about developing a training program in the Bahamas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon describes working at Celanese in 1971
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon talks about working for Sears-Roebuck in 1974
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon talks about working for a LeConte Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon describes working in Sierra Leone for the United States Department of State's Agency in Development, (AID).
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon talks about working for MARTA in Atlanta, Georgia and the U.S. Department of State
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon talks about developing an employers' program at MARTA in the 1980s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon talks about teaching at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon describes starting the Dobbs Foundation for Arts and Humanities Education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon talks about her husband, Lafayette Beamon
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Juliet Dobbs Blackburn-Beamon talks about her family