Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

George E. Curry: In Memoriam

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

George E. Curry: In Memoriam

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George E. Curry (February 23, 1947-August 20, 2016), editor-in-chief for the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service in Washington, D.C. was considered the dean of African American press columnists in the U.S., his weekly commentaries enjoyed wide syndication (200 African American newspapers). He was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; he attended Druid High School where he was a member of the school Board of Trustee and editor of the school paper. After graduating high school, he attended the historically African American liberal arts college, Knoxville College in Knoxville, Tennessee (during two summers, he studied at Yale and Harvard).

Curry began his journalism career at Sport Illustrated, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, and then the Chicago Tribune and later as contributing editor and columnist for The St. Louis American. But he is perhaps best known for his editorship (1993-2000) of Emerge magazine (in May 1996, Curry published a 17 page cover story entitled, "Kemba's Nightmare", a story about a young lady who had been sentenced to 24 years in prison for a minor drug incident. President Clinton pardoned her in 2000 after hearing and talking with Curry), under his leadership, the magazine won over 40 national journalism awards. He was dedicated to the notion of Blackowned media and he was focused on funding and maintaining the Emerge magazine's online publication, Emerge News Online. …

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