Biographer James McGrath Morris pulls back the curtain on an often overlooked figure of the civil rights movement with Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press.
Morris will be at Texas Christian University for a lecture and book signing 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Morris relied on Payne’s personal papers, oral histories, FBI files and newspaper stories to build a portrait of Payne, who was the Chicago Defender’s Washington correspondent and the first African-American woman to work for a national network when she joined CBS in 1972.
She covered several administrations, including those of Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Lyndon Johnson, and her assignments included coverage of then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s tour of Africa, the Vietnam War, the Montgomery bus boycott and the March on Washington.
Morris has also written Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power.
The event, which will be held in the Moudy North Auditorium, is free and open to the public. Tickets can be reserved at http://tinyurl.com/on692er.
Jean Marie Brown
Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press
- By James McGrath Morris
- Amistad, $27.99