Sunday, March 1, 2015

Ethel Payne

Civil Rights

“For black journalists, particularly me, I think it made us know that we could not stand aside and be so-called objective witnesses. We were absolutely unable to make the distinction between what is ‘objective journalism.’ So I adopted a code of trying to be fair, but I could not divorce myself from the heart of the problem, because I was part of the problem.”

—Ethel Payne, journalist, reflecting on her first years in the White House press corps in the 1950s, in James McGrath Morris, Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press, 2015 

Editorial Comment: The time comes when everyone has to step up.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 


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