The double discrimination faced by female African-American journalists in the Civil Rights years was the subject of a February 25 Book Rap at the National Press Club.
The panel featured Carol Booker, editor of Alone Atop the Hill: The Autobiography of Alice Dunnigan, Pioneer of the National Black Press, and James McGrath Morris, author of Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press.
“The Washington press corps was lily white,'' McGrath Morris said. ``Politicians refused to speak to Ethel. Every door that she wanted opened was slammed in her face.”