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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Producer
Public Relations Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue and green
Favorite Food:
Soul food, seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall/winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Alaska, Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Pray, Work, Don't Worry

Birthplace

Born:
6/30/1939

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Producer
Public Relations Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue and green
Favorite Food:
Soul food, seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall/winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Alaska, Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Pray, Work, Don't Worry

Birthplace

Born:
6/30/1939
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Biography

Producer and public relations director Ruth Campbell was born on June 30, 1939 in Benton, Mississippi to Viola Brice and Cleophas Batton. Campbell received her A.A. degree from Coahoma Junior College in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1959, her B.S. degree in language arts from Jackson State College in Natchez, Mississippi, in 1961, and her M.A. degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1970.

Campbell taught English, French, public speaking and literature as a public school teacher before she worked with the Mississippi Research and Development Center as a market analyst. She later entered broadcasting at the Mississippi Authority for Educational Television, where she served as host of the longest running minority-oriented public affairs series in the state. She served as script editor, producer, director, and became the executive producer for all public affairs programming at the network. Then, Campbell was appointed special assistant of scheduling to the Governor of Mississippi, Ray Mabus. Campbell then served for four years as associate director at the Jackson State University School of Lifelong Learning, where she also taught speech and mass communication. She then worked as manager of customer service at Trilogy Communications, Inc. and as public relations director for MetroCenter Mall. In 1999, Campbell became the public information officer for the City of Jackson’s Parks and Recreation. In 2008, Campbell became the deputy director for the Jackson’s Department of Human and Cultural Services.

Campbell has received numerous awards and honors for her contributions to her community. She has been the recipient of a Humanitarian Award from the University of Southern Mississippi, Presidential Citation for Alumni of the Year Award, a Distinguished Leadership Award from the Pearl Street AME Church, and a Founders Award from the National Black Programming Consortium, among others.

Campbell chaired the National Black Programming Consortium and also served on the advisory board for Catholic Charities, the advisory council for 21st Century Community Learning Center, and as a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and Friends of Public Broadcasting, which is within the Mississippi Educational Television Network.

Ruth Campbell was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 24, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ruth Campbell's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ruth Campbell lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ruth Campbell describes her birth mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ruth Campbell talks about the Piney Woods Country Life School in Piney Woods, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ruth Campbell recalls being raised by her stepmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ruth Campbell talks about her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ruth Campbell describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ruth Campbell remembers her paternal grandfather, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ruth Campbell remembers her paternal grandfather, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ruth Campbell describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ruth Campbell describes her early years in Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ruth Campbell remembers a white childhood friend
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ruth Campbell recalls meeting her birth mother for the first time
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ruth Campbell describes her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ruth Campbell recalls how her father met her birth mother and stepmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ruth Campbell describes her impressions of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ruth Campbell remembers staying at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ruth Campbell recalls listening to radio reports about World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ruth Campbell describes her family's apartment in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ruth Campbell recalls attending a concert by Marian Anderson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ruth Campbell describes her early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ruth Campbell talks about her childhood activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ruth Campbell recalls returning to Mississippi, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ruth Campbell recalls returning to Mississippi, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ruth Campbell describes her social activities in Mississippi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ruth Campbell talks about her father's travels to Piney Woods, Mississippi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ruth Campbell recalls moving to Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ruth Campbell remembers attending Omaha North High School in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ruth Campbell talks about her travels to Japan, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ruth Campbell talks about her travels to Japan, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ruth Campbell describes her education on Okinawa Island, Japan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ruth Campbell recalls her friends on Okinawa Island, Japan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ruth Campbell talks about race relations on Okinawa Island, Japan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ruth Campbell recalls accompanying tourists around Okinawa Island, Japan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ruth Campbell describes her experiences on Okinawa Island, Japan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ruth Campbell talks about her social activities on Okinawa Island, Japan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ruth Campbell recalls her treatment on Okinawa Island, Japan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ruth Campbell remembers starring in a skit at Kadena High School