Barbara Ann Posey Jones

Barbara Ann Posey Jones (born 1943) is an American economist who was a leader of the 1958 Katz Drug Store sit-in as a high school student.[1] Since 1971, she has been a professor of economics, department head, and Dean at several historically Black Colleges and Universities in the American South. She is a past president of the National Economic Association.[2]

Barbara Ann Posey Jones
Barbara Ann Posey

1943 (age 80–81)
Alma materUniversity of Oklahoma, A.B. 1963
University of Illinois, A.M. 1966
Georgia State University, PhD 1973
Known forleadership of sit-ins at lunch counters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1958-1959
SpouseMack H. Jones.
Children3, including Bomani Jones and Tayari Jones
Awards2021 Suzan Shown Harjo Systemic Social Justice Award
Scientific career
InstitutionsClark College, Prairie View A&M, Alabama A&M University

In 2021, she was awarded the Suzan Shown Harjo Systemic Social Justice Award from the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education.[3]

Early life, activism, and education edit

Jones joined the youth council of the Oklahoma City NAACP at the age of 14, and on a visit to a freedom rally in New York City, ate at a lunch counter for the first time. On her return home, she became one of the spokespeople for the youth Oklahoma lunch counter sit-ins of 1958–1959. The Chi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Zeta Sorority named her "Girl of the Year" of 1958,[4] Datebook magazine published her article, "Why I Sit In"[5] in 1960, and she gave a speech entitled "My America" at the 51st Annual NAACP Convention in June 1960.[6] She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1963, and completed a master's degree in economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1966. There, she met her husband, political scientist Mack Jones, at a 1962 NAACP meeting.[7] She completed a PhD in economics at Georgia State University in 1973.

Economics career edit

Jones began her career at Texas Southern University[8] and then continued work as an economics professor at Clark College (which became Clark Atlanta University), serving as department chair even before she finished her PhD.[1] She taught there from 1971 to 1987, winning numerous teaching awards. She joined Prairie View A&M as department chair in 1987, quickly becoming Dean of the College of Business from 1989 to 1997. In 1997, she became Dean of the School of Business at Alabama A&M University, where she served as a professor of Economics until her retirement in 2016.[9][10]

Research publications edit

  • Jones, Barbara AP. "Black women and labor force participation: An analysis of sluggish growth rates." The Review of Black Political Economy 14, no. 2-3 (1985): 11–31.
  • Jones, Barbara Ann Posey. The contributions of Black women to the incomes of Black families: an analysis of the labor force participation rates of Black wives. Georgia State University, 1973.

References edit

  1. ^ a b "They Ordered Cokes at a Lunch Counter and Changed Their Lives". August 14, 1983. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  2. ^ Reese, Linda W. (October 31, 2007). "BARBARA ANN POSEY JONES (1943- )". BlackPast.
  3. ^ "Pewewardy, Jones to receive NCORE's Suzan Shown Harjo Systemic Social Justice Award" (PDF). June 1, 2021. Archived (PDF) from the original on August 19, 2021.
  4. ^ "NAACP Civil rights program". Oakland, Calif : National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. West Coast Region. 1960 – via Edward Ross Roybal papers held in the Dept of Special Collections/UCLA Library.
  5. ^ Posey, Barbara Ann (1960). "Why I Sit In: The girl who started a nation-wide civil-rights movement tells how and why she sits and waits" (PDF). Datebook Magazine – via Civil Rights Movement Archive.
  6. ^ "The Girl Who Dared | Reading Fluency | Scholastic Scope Magazine". Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  7. ^ Myers, Marc (February 19, 2019). "Tayari Jones Became a Writer After a Trip to Mars and a Year in Africa". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  8. ^ "2021 Honors Barbara Jones". Retrieved December 14, 2021.
  9. ^ "C.V. of Barbara A.P. Jones" (PDF). April 2016.
  10. ^ "Scenes from Retirement Celebration for Dr. Barbara A.P. Jones, Alabama A&M University, Saturday, October 22, 2016". Retrieved September 24, 2020.

Further reading edit