National Press Club

Headliners Book Event for media diversity pioneer Dorothy Butler Gilliam, Thursday

January 18, 2019 | By Lindsay Underwood |

Legendary civil rights journalist and activist Dorothy Butler Gilliam will share her aptly titled new memoir, "Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist's Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America," at a National Press Club Headliners Book Event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in the conference rooms.

The event, originally scheduled for Jan. 14, will feature a presentation by Gilliam, an audience question-and-answer session and a book signing. Tickets are $5 for Club members and $10 for the general public.

When purchasing tickets online, attendees will also have the option of purchasing copies of the book at check-out.

Gilliam’s more than 60-year-career in journalism began in the segregated South where she made a name for herself reporting on the integration of schools in Little Rock, Ark.,for the Tri-State Defender. In 1961, she became the first black woman reporter for the Washington Post and worked for the paper for more than 30 years as an editor and columnist covering such issues as politics, education and race.

She went on to become the president of the National Association of Black Journalists and founding director of the Young Journalists Development Project.

Books will also be available for purchase at the event. Proceeds from book sales will benefit the non-profit affiliate of the Club, the National Press Club Journalism Institute, so the Institute asks that you leave all outside books and memorabilia at home.