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Trailblazer Carolyne Blount's Legacy Lives On

Carolyne Elizabeth (Scott) Blount

The passing of Carolyne Elizabeth Blount, a co-founder of "about...time Magazine", a groundbreaking publication in Rochester that focused on the African American community, is a tremendous loss for both the journalism industry and the community.


Her death comes just a few months after the passing of her husband James who died on September 28,2023. The couple played a significant role in shaping the narrative and providing a platform for the voices and stories of African Americans.


Carolyne Blount, born on March 21, 1943, held a Bachelor's degree from Virginia State University and a Master's degree from Drexel University. In 1972, she and James took ownership of ABOUT...TIME Magazine Inc.


Their platform served as a vital space for African Americans to share stories, experiences, and perspectives, which were often overlooked or marginalized by mainstream media. Carolyne's unwavering dedication to creating this space for marginalized voices was instrumental in fostering empowerment and unity within the community.


For over 50 years, Carolyne served as the Executive Editor and Co-Publisher of the magazine, making it her life's work. The publication focused on African-American life and culture. It stood as one of the nation's oldest continuous African-American publications, shedding light on untold stories and providing a platform for literary and journalistic exploration.

(The late) James and Carolyne Blount

Through their publication, Carolyne and James Blount played a crucial role in shaping the narrative surrounding the African American community in Rochester. They shed light on important issues such as racial inequality, social justice, and cultural achievements ignored by mainstream media. By providing a platform for African Americans to tell our stories, the Blounts challenged stereotypes and misconceptions, ultimately contributing to a more accurate and inclusive representation of the community.


These stories highlighted the achievements of African American individuals in various fields, including art, music, literature, and sports. By showcasing these accomplishments, Blount not only celebrated the talent and resilience of the community but also challenged the prevailing narrative that often overlooked or diminished these achievements.


Blount and her husband James were at the forefront of reporting on racial inequality, police brutality, and systemic racism. Their publication provided a platform for activists, community leaders, and everyday individuals to share their experiences and perspectives, ultimately raising awareness and inspiring change.


The extraordinary trailblazer's passing leaves a void in the industry and serves as a reminder of the impact she made throughout her career. Her dedication to amplifying the voices and stories of African Americans has had a lasting impact on the community, challenging stereotypes, shaping the narrative, and empowering individuals to strive for a more equitable society. Carolyne Blount's legacy will continue to inspire future generations of journalists and activists to fight for justice and equality.


Her dedication extended beyond her professional endeavors. She was an active member of the Delta Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., faithfully serving the sorority for nearly six decades. Carolyne's dedication and commitment to this cause will be remembered and cherished for years to come.


According to Carolyne's obituary, she leaves behind her three children, James Ural Blount (Juanita Farrow), Christina (Michael) West, and Cheryl (Christian) Gilbert. Her memory will forever be cherished by her eight grandchildren, Brandon James Blount, Justin Jural Blount, Cassandra Elizabeth West, Alese Nicole Blount, Michael Scott West, Catherine Elizabeth West, Chase Maurice Gilbert, and Cameron James Gilbert. She is also survived by her three siblings-in-law, Walter L. Blount Jr., Catherine Irene Joyce Blount, and Bernadette Blount (John) Salley, as well as her nieces, Conici Blount and Anita Nicole Salley, and nephew, Jonathan Joseph Walter Salley. Carolyne's extended family, Sorority sisters, and countless friends from her hometown and local community will forever hold her dear in their hearts, grateful for the love she shared with them.


A Memorial Service/Celebration of Life will be held on April 13, 2024, in Rochester, NY, details to follow.


In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in honor of Carolyne Scott Blount to Gateways Music Festival.


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