Author ORCID Identifier

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


African-American Studies

First Advisor

Maurice Hobson

Second Advisor

Lakeyta Bonnette-Bailey

Third Advisor

Akinyele Umoja


This thesis detailing the life and legacy of Dr. June Dobbs Butts is to shed light on not only her life, but her radical approach to highlighting the different dynamics of race, sex, and gender that made her versatile in her research field. Dr. June Dobbs Butts was a pioneer in the field of Black female and human sexuality. She encouraged Black people to be more open in sex and sexuality with each other. This research proposes the following questions: How did Dobbs Butts’ early life experiences, growing up in one of Atlanta’s influential Black families, chart her path to be different from the rest of her family? What does her life and scholarship mean for today’s society in terms of Black feminism, gender, and sexuality? These questions are a way to understand what made Dr. June Dobbs Butts, the last dame of the dynasty.


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