John Egerton was born in Atlanta, Georgia, June 14, 1935, the son of Willliam G. Egerton, a traveling salesman, and his wife, Rebecca White Egerton. The family soon settled in Cadiz, Kentucky, where John Egerton remained until leaving to attend Western Kentucky University, 1953-1954. From 1954 until 1956, he served in the United States Army. He earned a B.A. at the University of Kentucky in 1958 and an M.A. in 1960. In 1957 he married Ann Elizabeth Bleidt, and the couple have two sons.
Between 1958 and 1960, Egerton was with the Public Relations Department of the University of Kentucky, and from 1960 to 1965, he was the Director of Public Information for the University of South Florida. He was a staff writer for Southern Education Report, 1965-1969, and for Race Relations Reporter, 1969-1971.
In 1971, Egerton began his career as a free-lance reporter. He was a contributing
editor for Saturday Review of Education (1972-1973), Race Relations
Reporter (1973-1974), and Southern Voices (1974-1975). From 1973-1975,
he was a writer for Atlanta's Southern Regional Council. In 1977-1978, he was
journalist-in-residence at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Egerton has written or edited eleven non-fiction books and contributed over
two hundred articles to periodicals. He has also been a participant in and writer
for many projects or conferences dealing with desegregation and civil rights.
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