Charlayne Hunter-Gault - From Jim Crow America to Apartheid South Africa and Beyond: An Activist Journalist's Journey

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Charlayne Hunter-Gault: "From Jim Crow America to Apartheid South Africa & Beyond: An Activist Journalist's Journey"

Journalist and author, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, describes her historic entry into the University of Georgia as its first black woman student and the road she took through Jim Crow South to get there. She chronicles her rise from there to the top of her profession and the stories she covered along the way. This includes South Africa and its "Jim Crow" like system of apartheid, the victory of its people over the system, and where that has taken them and the continent.

Location:  Student Center Theater in the Georgia Tech Student Center

Day/Time:  Wednesday, April 3, 3:00-4:00pm

Ms. Hunter-Gault's talk is brought to campus by Georgia Tech, the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, the Ivan Allen Institute for Advanced Studies.  She will also take part in the Allen Prize Symposium from 9:00am-12:00pm on April 4 at The Biltmore as part of events for the presentation of the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage to The Honorable John Lewis.

As one of television’s premier journalists, Charlayne Hunter-Gault has made a success of challenging convention with her fresh insights on issues both close to home and of global impact.

As CNN’s former Johannesburg bureau chief and correspondent, Hunter-Gault introduced viewers to the people of the diverse continent of Africa, a country she once called “one of the greatest challenges that we in the media face.” She spent 20 years at PBS, as national correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, where she also anchored the award-winning newsmagazine on human rights, Rights and Wrongs.

Hunter-Gault is the author of New News Out of Africa: Uncovering Africa’s Renaissance and In My Place, a memoir of her role in the civil rights movement as the first black woman admitted to the University of Georgia. Her latest book is To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement, a retrospective of her involvement with the movement, complete with photographs and original articles from The New York Times.

Hunter-Gault began her career as the first African American reporter for The New Yorker. A writer known for her “people-centered” journalism, she went on to serve as the Harlem Bureau Chief for The New York Times and has written articles for Essence, Ms., Life, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

The recipient of numerous honors, including two Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards, she writes with the highest standards of objectivity and truth, touching on topics ranging from the life of a 12-year-old heroin addict to the invasion of Grenada and the impact of apartheid in South Africa.




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