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Jacquelyne Mary Jackson


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Jacquelyne Mary Jackson (born 1932, also cited as Jacquelyne Johnson Jackson and Jacquelyne Johnson Clarke) is a sociologist who researches minority aging. She is known for a being a pioneer in her field, being the first woman to receive a doctorate in sociology from Ohio State University, the first full-time African American faculty member to be hired at the Duke University Medical Center, and the first African American tenured faculty member at the medical school.

Dr. Jackson became interested in the field of minority aging when as a young woman she witnessed the struggle of elderly friends and acquaintances to meet healthcare costs. In 1974 Dr. Jackson was a partner in producing a short documentary on minority aging titled Old, Black, and Alive. Other accomplishments include helping to found the Journal of Minority Aging and in 1980 she published, Minorities in Aging, a classic in the field of sociology. Jackson was also a participant in the civil rights movement and participated in the 1963 march in Washington. Jackson published a study about civic group participation in the civil rights movement, These Rights They Seek. In 1961 Jackson was elected a fellow of the National Sciences Foundation.

This entry is part of MPL's National Women's History Month.


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