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  • Ethel Payne, First Lady of the Black Press


  • James McGrath Morris discussed his new book "Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press." Payne was a journalist as a reporter for the Chicago Defender. In those pages, she continually urged President Dwight D. Eisenhower to support desegregation. She continued throughout her career to report on the struggles of the civil rights era, and her work is credited with persuading many African Americans to take up the cause.

Event Date

  • July 21, 2015


  • -  James McGrath Morris is an author, columnist and radio show host. He writes primarily biographies and works of narrative nonfiction. He is working on a new book, "The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway and Dos Passos -- Literary Lives in War and Peace," to be published in 2017. His other books include "Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print and Power," "Jailhouse Journalism: The Fourth Estate Behind Bars" and (with Kevin Stillwell) "Revolution by Murder: Emma Goldman, Alexander Berkman and the Plot to Kill Henry Clay Frick."
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  • 1 hours 1 minutes 23 seconds

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