The Black Journalists Movement

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They could be called the integrationists, the young African American men and women who pushed open the doors of mainstream media and paved the way for journalists of color. Young journalists such as Nancy Maynard, Ed Bradley, Earl Caldwell, Charlayne Hunter Gault, Claude Lewis and Wallace Terry reported, organized, mentored and raised the bar for generations to come. [more]

Leandra AbbottLeandra Abbott
Abbott saw her job as a cause and not a career
Lenore Jenkins AbbottLenore Jenkins-Allen
The tumultuous '60s inspired young black reporters like Lenore Jenkins-Allen
Ed BradleyEd Bradley
His dream of becoming a radio DJ led him to news
Audreen BuffaloAudreen Buffalo
"The press should always be proxy for the people."
Earl CaldwellEarl Caldwell
His love for journalism began at his hometown paper
Marquita Pool ExkertMarquita Pool-Eckert
Won five Emmys for her television work
Joy ElliottJoy Elliott
Covered the South African Liberation Movement for Reuters
Gerald FraserC. Gerald Fraser
Worked for the New York Daily News and The New York Times
Charlayne hunter GaultCharlayne Hunter Gault
Before she could learn journalism, she had to integrate the University of Georgia
George GoodmanGeorge Goodman
Despite a master's degree in journalism, three years' reporting experience, he couldn't get hired at The Associated Press
Charles HobsonCharles Hobson
Charles Hobson broadcast a new perspective on African- American life.
Jane IrvingJane Irving
Got her break in the late '60s working for the school paper at New York City College
Claude LewisClaude Lewis
Newsweek sports beat opened the door to many journalism opportunities
Nancy MaynardNancy Maynard
Maynard was the only black woman covering news in NYC in '68
Gil ScottGil Scott
Made it his mission to educate the mainstream about African Americans
Wallace TerryWallace Terry
As Brown University's first black editor, Terry broke the Ivy League color barrier
Melba TolliverMelba Tolliver
Melba Tolliver got the assignment of the year in 1971
Mel WatkinsMel Watkins
As a teen growing up in the de facto segregated Youngstown, Ohio, Mel Watkins wanted answers
Hollie WestHollie West
Hollie West never passed up an opportunity to write long