Here are some really awesome Black journalists who’ve changed the world of journalism.

1. Gwen Ifill

Born in New York on September 15, 1955, Gwen Ifil attended Simmons College in Boston in 1977. She began her career in journalism at the “Boston Herald-American”. She worked at the “Baltimore Evening Sun”, “The Washington Post”, and “New York Times” before landing at PBS in 1999 as a moderator for the “Washington Week in Review.” This Peabody award-winning journalist along with co-anchor Judy Woodruff became TV’s first national female anchor team in 2013. Gwen Ifill died at the age of 61 in 2016 after losing her battle with cancer. (Photo Credit: Associated Press)

2. Max Robinson

Born May 1, 1939, Robinson was the first African American to anchor a network news broadcast. Robinson is also the founder of the famed National Association of Black Journalist. During his time he spoke out on issues of concern to him as a Black journalist and was a trailblazer for other Black journalists. Robinson died of AIDS on December 20, 1988, at the age of 49.

3. Nancy Hicks Maynard

Nancy Hicks Maynard was born in New York on November 1, 1946. She was the first African American reporter at the “New York Times” when she first started out in journalism at the age of 21. Together she and her husband co-founded the “Oakland Tribune” that is still one of the only metropolitan daily’s owned by an African American. She was also the co-founder of the Maryland Institute of Journalism Education. Maynard died September 21, 2008, at the age of 61 from multiple organ failures.

4. Robert C. Maynard

Robert C. Maynard was a trailblazer for many Black journalists in the field as he was the first Black editor and owner of a major daily newspaper. This newspaper called the “Oakland Tribune” co-founded and owned by himself and his wife journalist Nancy Hicks Maynard. His career first took off when he became the White House correspondent for The “Washington Post” in 1965. He eventually became an editor, national columnist, television panelist, Pulitzer Prize juror and a leader in professional organizations. Maynard died of prostate cancer at the age of 56 on August 17, 1993.

5. Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells was a journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist and feminist known for her work in the African American community. Born on July 16, 1862, Wells was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909. In the 1890’s Wells documented lynchings across the United States.

6. Ed Bradley

This award-winning journalist was born on June 22, 1941, in Philidelphia. Wounded while covering the Vietnam War, Bradley was the first Black White House correspondent for CBS news. Breaking many racial barriers, Bradley inspired a generation of journalists after him. He spent a long 26 years at CBS covering the news. He died of lymphocytic leukemia on November 9, 2006.

7. Jim Vance

Jim Vance began his career in journalism at the “Philadelphia Independent” as a reporter while teaching English for three years. He then moved to WRC-TV in 1969 to become a TV reporter. He became their main co-anchor in 1972 which made him the first African American to serve in this position at any American television station. Vance earned 19 local Emmy awards for his work receiving one specifically for his coverage of the 1982 crash of Air Florida Flight 90 in the Potomac River. Vance died from complications with cancer at the age of 75 on July 22, 2017.

8. Alice Allison Dunnigan

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Alice Allison Dunnigan did what was essentially impossible for a woman of her time. Born at the turn of the 20th century (in 1906), in an era in which women could not vote and African Americans (Blacks) were regarded legally as an inferior race, she accomplished what most women of her background could only dream of. Alice was one of the original trailblazers not only for women of Kentucky, but for African Americans and women everywhere. At fourteen she had established a weekly column in the Owensboro Enterprise titled “Home Town News”. She sold her paper for 5 cents and kept 3 cents for herself. During High School and College she wrote for various newspapers in Hopkinsville, Paducah, and Louisville, Kentucky. Alice moved to Washington, DC after loosing her teaching job and began working for the Associated Negro Press. Working for ANP she secured a capitol press pass, allowing her to cover news events of the Congress (which were generally kept off limits to the public and most reporters, and especially females and African Americans). By gaining a capitol press pass she became the FIRST Black female correspondent to receive White House credentials and the FIRST black female member of the Senate and House of Representatives press galleries. Dunningan was also an activist in Civil Rights Movement chronicling many pivotal moments between the 1940-1960s. Why has she been one of my #SheRoes ? No matter what she faced, she never gave up hope of having an education and making her dream of being an accomplished journalist a reality. A true example of hard work and perseverance. There are so many people that made a way for us to have the opportunities we have today. Never take their hard work for granted. Make sure their legacy lives on. #AliceAllisonDunnigan #BlackHistoryMonth #365Black #Inspiration #Motivation #Encouragement #Empowerment #SouthernGirl #SouthernBelle #BlackGirlsBlog #BlackGirlsRock #BeautyBlogger #PageantQueen #Entrepreneur #Mentor #Advocate #Tennessee #HeartHealth #Model #Ambassador #FashionWriter #Fashion #Nutrition #Style ✒️📰 #Writer #Blogger #Journalist #TheSophisticateChronicles

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Alice Allison Dunnigan was the first female African American White House Correspondent and the first black female member of the Senate and House of Representative’s press galleries. Born on April 24, 1906, in Kentucky, Dunnigan seriously broke barriers in the world of journalism and in general for African Americans in her day. At the age of 13, she got into journalism by writing one sentence news for the “Owensboro Enterprise” newspaper. She died on May 6, 1983, at the age 77.

9. John H. Johnson

John H. Johnson was an American businessman and publisher who founded the Johnson Publishing Company. He became the first African American to appear on the Forbes 400 list. His magazines “Ebony” and “Jet” are among the most influential African American businesses in media. Receiving many awards, in 1951, he was the first African American to be selected as the “Young Man of the Year” by the United States Chamber of Commerce. Johnson died at the age of 87 on August 8, 2005.

10. Carl Rowan

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#HappyBirthday #CarlRowan Carl Thomas Rowan (August 11, 1925 – September 23, 2000) was an American #government official, #journalist and #author. In the late 1950s, Rowan covered the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement in the South, including the historic Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott in 1955, resulting from Rosa Parks's refusal to relinquish her bus seat to a white passenger. As the only black reporter covering the story for a national newspaper, Rowan struck a special friendship with the boycott's leaders, including Martin Luther King, Jr. When news of an unlikely compromise settlement of the boycott came to Rowan's attention across the Associated Press wire, he notified King, who made quick steps to discredit the story, which was about to appear in a Montgomery newspaper, thus ensuring the continuance of the boycott. Project Excellence Founded in 1987 by Rowan, Project Excellence was a college scholarship program for black high-school seniors who displayed outstanding writing and speaking skills. Rowan founded Project Excellence to combat negative peer pressure felt by black students and to reward students who rose above stereotypes and negative peer influence and excelled academically. Chaired by Rowan, a committee of journalists, community leaders, and school officials oversaw the program. Participants were African-American students in their senior year of high school from public, private, and parochial schools in the metropolitan Washington area, including the Virginia and Maryland suburbs. By 2000 the program had given out $26 million in scholarship money to over 1150 students. #BlackMission #BlackExcellence #BlackPeople #BlackPride  #BlackPower #BlackHistory365 #BlackHistory #BlackActivist #AfricanAmericanHistory #AmericanHistory #WorldHistory  #NewarkNewJersey #NewarkNJ #Newark #BrickCity #UrbanRevolution #UR

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Born August 11, 1925, in Tennesse during Jim Crow, Rowan grew up very poor. He earned money to attend college at Tennesse State College by scrubbing porches at a tuberculosis hospital. While there he passed a national competition that made him one of the first 15 African-Americans to be commissioned officers in the United States Navy in World War II. After that, he went onto the University of Minnesota where he earned a master’s in journalism. His first job in the field was at the “Minneapolis Tribune” where he covered civil rights trials in the South. His dedication to reporting on race relations made him a distinct character in the fight. This prompted President John F. Kennedy to appoint him deputy assistant secretary of state with the assignment to help integrate the State Department. He was 75 years old when died of various illnesses on September 24, 2000.

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