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Profession

Category:
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Occupation(s):
Psychology Professor
Sexologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chocolate
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Singapore
Favorite Quote:
Hello, Darling.

Birthplace

Born:
6/11/1928
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Psychology Professor
Sexologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chocolate
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Singapore
Favorite Quote:
Hello, Darling.

Birthplace

Born:
6/11/1928
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

Therapist and family counselor June Dobbs Butts was born on June 11, 1928 in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the youngest daughter of Irene and John Wesley Dobbs, one of Atlanta’s most prominent African American leaders before the Civil Rights Movement. Butts is also the aunt of the late Honorable Maynard Jackson, Atlanta’s first black mayor. Butts received her B.A. degree in sociology from Spelman College in 1948, setting a national education record – six sisters graduating from the same college. That same summer, Butts worked with her close friend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Then, in the fall of 1948, she entered the Teacher’s College of Columbia University in New York City, where she received her Ed.D. degree in family life education.

Butts’ professional career began in 1950 as a professor in the psychology department at Fisk University. She went on to work at Tennessee State University, Howard University College of Medicine and Meharry Medical College, where she was also a researcher. While serving on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood in the 1970s, Butts met famed sex researchers, Masters and Johnson, who invited her to join their staff at the Reproductive Biology Research Foundation (later called Masters and Johnson Institute) in St. Louis, Missouri. There, Butts became the first African American to be trained as a sex therapist by Masters and Johnson. She later served as a visiting scientist at CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) in Atlanta.

Butts authored four book chapters on human sexuality and wrote several articles in popular magazines. Her insightful articles include Ebony magazine’s first feature piece on human sexuality, “Sex Education: Who Needs It?,” which was published in 1977. She was also the author of “Sex and the Modern Black Couple”, which appeared in Ebony in 1991; “Why Some People Consider Celibacy”, in Jet magazine in 1997; and “Spirituality and Sex: A Program for Women in Alcoholism Recovery”, which appeared in the American Journal of Health Studies in 2001. From 1980 to 1982, Butts authored Essence magazine’s most popular monthly column, “Sexual Health.”

Butts resides in Atlanta and is completing her autobiography. She is the mother of three children (one deceased), and one granddaughter.

June Dobbs Butts was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 13, 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - June Dobbs Butts describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - June Dobbs Butts describes her father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - June Butts Dobbs describes her father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - June Dobbs Butts describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - June Dobbs Butts recalls her father's retirement
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - June Dobbs Butts describes her father's leadership of Prince Hall Freemasonry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - June Dobbs Butts describes her birthday party with the Prince Hall Freemasons
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - June Dobbs Butts describes her schooling in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - June Dobbs Butts lists her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - June Dobbs Butts describes her father's experiences of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - June Dobbs Butts talks about the riots in Atlanta in 1906
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - June Dobbs Butts describes her teachers from Atlanta University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - June Dobb Butts recalls discrimination against darker skin complexions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - June Dobbs Butts recalls her childhood aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - June Dobbs Butts describes her sisters' legacy at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - June Dobbs Butts recalls her childhood friend, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - June Dobbs Butts remembers Columbia University's Teachers College in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - June Dobbs Butts recalls teaching at colleges in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - June Dobbs Butts remembers marrying Hugh F. Butts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - June Dobbs Butts describes her mother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - June Dobbs Butts describes her husband's illness
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - June Dobbs Butts describes how she became involved in sex therapy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - June Dobbs Butts recalls meeting William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - June Dobbs Butts describes William H. Masters' human sexuality experiments
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - June Dobbs Butts describes her work in the field of human sexuality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - June Dobbs Butts talks about the early research into human sexuality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - June Dobbs Butts recalls working with William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - June Dobbs Butts recalls her research at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - June Dobbs Butts describes her struggles with alcoholism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - June Dobbs Butts recalls her work as a public health consultant in Sweden
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - June Dobbs Butts recalls advocating for initiatives to prevent HIV
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - June Dobbs Butts explains her dedication to sexual education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - June Dobbs Butts describes the responses to her occupation as a sexologist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - June Dobbs Butts remembers teaching in the Atlanta University Center Consortium
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - June Dobbs Butts talks about writing her autobiography
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - June Dobbs Butts reflects upon the impact of her career on her family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - June Dobbs Butts describes her therapy patients
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - June Dobbs Butts talks about human sexuality and drug addiction
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - June Dobbs Butts narrates her photographs