UDC News

April 2, 2009


UDC Journalism Club to Present:
Black Press: New Focus – An Interactive Dialogue Between Journalists and the Civil Rights Pioneers

Washington, D.C. – A two-part seminar on the Black Press: New Focus will be held on Monday, April 6 from 6-9:30 p.m. at the University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Building 38 , 2nd floor, in the Windows Lounge.

The central theme of the seminar, How Can We Help Him Help US, under the Barack Obama presidency, will be expounded by the journalists and the Civil Rights leaders at a joint panel discussion focusing on civil duties in a Democracy.

Sponsored by the Journalism Club and the Kingmaker Magazine, the panelists will represent leading Black journalists as well as members of the renowned Civil Rights Council of Elders, who fought relentlessly against Jim Crow in step with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for equality and justice. The high-profile Civil Rights pioneers attending the seminar are mostly in their 80’s.

Dr. Dorothy Height, former Congressman; Rev. Walter E. Fauntroy; Dr. Dorothy Cotton, better known as “The Mother of Civil Rights Movement;” Dr. Milton Reid, ”Milton the Disciple”; Rev. C.T. Vivian, longtime Civil Rights activist, who worked closely with Dr. King; and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

Among the journalists representing the Black Press are: Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher of the Washington Informer; Deborah Simmons, Managing Editor, Washington Times; journalist and political commentator Bryan DeBose; Publisher Randi Payton of African Americans on Wheels; Rev. Levy Daugherty, publisher of KingMaker Magazine, and president of Kingmaker Foundation; Professor Peter Bailey, editor Journal of African-American Speeches; Hazel Trice Edney, National Newspaper Publishers Association; Zanitha Prince, Washington Bureau Chief, Afro-American Newspaper, and Karen James-Cody, Communications Director, BNA.

Light refreshments will be served during the break session of the seminar, which is free and open to the public. For additional information and pre-registration, call the UDC Department of Mass Media, Visual and Performing Arts at (202) 274-7402, Rita Holland at (202) 905-1175, or Professor Joe Elam at (703) 975-8070 or email elamjoe@verizon.net.


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