Julia Rodgers Holmes was born on May 12, 1950 in Meridian, Mississippi. She is the daughter of Bilbo and Claudia Rodgers and the eldest of seven children. She spent her childhood in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She attended Skip Street Elementary, graduated from Carver High in 1968 as valedictorian of her class, and attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Library Science. She's a member of numerous organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta, Moss Point-Jackson County Branch of the NAACP and SCLC, and serves on the board of the Jackson County Arts Council.
University of Southern Mississippi and Tougaloo College Civil Rights Documentation Project, http://www.usm.edu/crdp/html/transcripts/manuscript-holmes_julia.shtml