Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist's Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America

Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist's Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America

by Dorothy Butler Gilliam


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781546083443
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 48,995
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

DOROTHY BUTLER GILLIAM has been a journalist for more than six decades. In 1961, she became the first black woman reporter for the Washington Post. She would later become an editor and a columnist for the paper before retiring in 2003. Throughout her career, she has worked tirelessly to nurture other journalists of color and to diversify newsrooms across the United States. Her work as a civil rights journalist has been featured in three documentaries: "Freedom's Call," "Southern Journalists Who Covered the Civil Rights Movement," and "Hope & Fury: MLK, The Movement and The Media." During her career, Ms. Gilliam appeared regularly on television, including PBS, and hosted her own show on BET. She formerly served as president of the National Association of Black Journalists and of the Unity Journalists of Color.

Table of Contents

Coming to The Washington Post, 1961 1

Assignment: Mississippi, 1962 35

Growing Up a Preacher's Kid, 1936-1961 73

Being Mrs. Sam Gilliam, 1962-1982 121

Return to The Washington Post/The Style Years and Pounding the Institute for Journalism Education, 1972-1979 153

Voice for the Voiceless: The Column and National Association of Black Journalists Years, 1979-1997 211

Last Years at The Washington Post: Is There Anything Else You Want to Do? 1998-2003 277

Epilogue 287

Acknowledgments 293

Appendix 1 Fifty Years of Success and Setbacks in Media Diversity Jacqueline Trescott 295

Appendix 2 A Black Press Time Line and Current African American Newspapers Angela P. Dodson 301

Appendix 3 First Wave of Black Columnists Working at Daily Newspapers Angela P. Dodson 313

Appendix 4 Founders of the National Association of Black Journalists Angela P. Dodson 317

Notes 321

Bibliography 327

Index 333

About the Author 349

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