Dorothy Butler Gilliam

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Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America

Thursday, May 23, 2019 (Lunch)

TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch served; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q&A

TYPE: Speaker Luncheon


Legendary journalist and activist, Dorothy Butler Gilliam’s career has spanned more than six decades. After years of working in the black press, dating back to high school, she became in 1961 the first African American woman reporter ever hired by the Washington Post. She later become an editor and a columnist for the Post before retiring in 2003. Throughout her career, she worked tirelessly to nurture other journalists of color and to diversify newsrooms across the United States.

Gilliam will discuss her memoir, Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America with fellow journalist and owner and publisher of the Washington InformerDenise Rolark Barnes.

Denise Rolark Barnes is the second-generation owner and publisher of the Washington Informer. She is past Chair of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). She is also a member of Leadership Greater Washington, as well as an inductee in the D.C. Hall of Fame.

The book will be available for purchase and signing.

PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members; $15 Young Dems (Includes lunch);$10 Lecture only.

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