By Hardy L. Brown
I was saddened to hear the news that we lost another fine publisher and a personal friend and supporter of mine during my active days with the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Jack was one of my early supporters who helped in my election to the at-large Board Member seat of the board of directors. From that position I became the first vice president. Jack was one of those men who would tell you what was on his mind whether you wanted to hear it or not. He will be missed by those in his community who relied on his voice to get their message out into the public arena and NNPA will miss a strong supporter for freedom.
Jack J. Green, founder and publisher of two longstanding community newspapers in Virginia, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 26. He succumbed to chronic lung-related illness.
Green, a Nottoway County native, was born Jan. 16, 1943. He received his formal education in the Nottoway County Public School system and upon graduating from Luther H. Foster High School, he joined the United States Air Force. While stationed in Germany, he furthered his education at the University of Maryland, European Extension, the U.S. Air Force NCO Leadership School and the Wall Street Banking School in New York.
Green served one tour of duty in Vietnam before coming back home where he became active in civil service and in business.
Green’s most visible contribution to his community, his people, as he called them, was publication of The VOICE newspaper in Richmond, VA. He started the paper in 1985 to become a voice to the Black community, which he dearly loved. Over time, the publication became The Richmond Voice with the launch of The Hampton Roads Voice seven years later.
Green was married to the late Ruby Adams Green for more than 40 years. They were the proud parents of two sons and one daughter and the grandparents of two grandsons.
Green is survived by his daughter Jackie Green-August; grandsons Stephen and August; loving siblings; doting nieces, including Erica Jackson; and a cadre of other relatives and friends.