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Shirley James

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Newspaper Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Winter White
Favorite Food:
Bread
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
You Live, You Learn, And You Pass It On.

Birthplace

Born:
9/5/1946
Birth Location:
Georgetown, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Newspaper Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Winter White
Favorite Food:
Bread
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
You Live, You Learn, And You Pass It On.

Birthplace

Born:
9/5/1946
Birth Location:
Georgetown
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Biography

Shirley James was born in Georgetown, South Carolina on September 5, 1946. Her mother, Camille Barber, was a schoolteacher and her father, Eli Baxter Barber, was a mail porter. In 1964, James graduated from Howard High School. She continued her education at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she received her B.A. degree in psychology in 1968. She went on to receive her M.A. degree in education from Harvard University in 1970.

In 1971, James became a counselor and administrator for Savannah State University. She also held positions as Director of Testing, Vice President of Student Affairs and Counselor Orientation Director. During her tenure, James developed Peer Counselors, a committee to support the students of Savannah State University.

James also became a publisher and editor for The Tribune, a weekly newspaper founded by James’ husband, Robert Earl James, that focuses on the issues of African Americans.

In 2002, James left her position at Savannah State University to become the Coordinator of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival. Between 2004 and 2005, she served on the Board of Directors of the Savannah Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and in 2005, she was appointed to a five year term for Savannah’s Airport Commission. James is a member of several professional organizations as well as owner of the Education Testing Services in Savannah.

James and her husband Robert live in Savannah, Georgia. They have three adult children.

James was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 17, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Shirley James' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Shirley James lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Shirley James describes her maternal grandmother, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Shirley James describes her maternal grandmother, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Shirley James describes the history of her family's home
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Shirley James remembers her maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Shirley James describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Shirley James describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Shirley James remembers her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Shirley James describes her older brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Shirley James talks about her brother's U.S. Army career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Shirley James remembers her younger brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Shirley James describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Shirley James remembers her community in Georgetown, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Shirley James describes her grade school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Shirley James describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Shirley James recalls her activities during high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Shirley James remembers President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Shirley James describes her early work experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Shirley James remembers applying to Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Shirley James describes her experiences at Spelman College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Shirley James recalls her influences at Spelman College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Shirley James remembers the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Shirley James recalls participating in a student exchange program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Shirley James describes her experiences of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Shirley James describes her social activities at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Shirley James recalls her activities after graduation from Spelman College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Shirley James recalls becoming a counselor at Savannah State College in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Shirley James describes the peer counseling program at Savannah State College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Shirley James remembers retiring from Savannah State College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Shirley James describes the history of The Savannah Tribune
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Shirley James talks about her presidency of The Savannah Tribune
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Shirley James talks about Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Shirley James describes her organizational involvement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Shirley James talks about her activities during retirement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Shirley James shares a message to future generations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Shirley James describes her children and their professions
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Shirley James talks about her husband and grandchildren