Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Morris, James McGrath. Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Morris, James McGrath. Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press

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Morris, James McGrath. Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press. New York, NY: Amistad, 2015, pp.480 ISBN: 9780062198853.

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Acclaimed biographer James McGrath Morris brings into focus the riveting life of one of the most significant yet least known figures of the civil rights era--pioneering journalist Ethel Payne, the "First Lady of the Black Press"--elevating her to her rightful place in history at last. For decades, Ethel Lois Payne has been hidden in the shadows of history. Now, her story is being told as the author illuminates this ambitious, influential, and groundbreaking woman's life, from her childhood growing up in South Chicago to her career as a journalist and network news commentator, reporting on some of the most crucial events in modern American history. Drawing on a rich and untapped collection of Payne's personal papers documenting her private and professional affairs, the author combed through oral histories, FBI documents, and newspapers to fully capture Payne's life, her achievements, and her legacy as he introduces us to a journalist who covered such events as the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Little Rock school desegregation crisis, the service of black troops in Vietnam, and Henry Kissinger's 26,000-mile tour of Africa. …

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