Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press by James McGrath MorrisRead about another entry on the list.
As Gwen Ifill, beloved PBS newscaster, once said, Ethel Payne “may be the most influential journalist and activist most people have never heard of.” Born in Chicago, Payne was a journalist, television commentator, and civil rights activist. Through her job at the Chicago Defender newspaper she covered the Civil Rights Movement, the experiences of African-American troops in the Vietnam War, and many international events. Hired by CBS in 1972 she became the first African-American woman radio and television commentator.
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