Title

Simeon Booker: The Jackie Robinson of Journalism

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Dr. Melony Shemberger

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Simeon Booker was the first African-American reporter employed by The Washington Post newspaper and served as a pioneer for African-American journalists. Providing the public with groundbreaking news during the civil rights movement, Booker also served as the chief of Jet magazine for an astounding 51 years. Simeon Booker earned the respect of his peers early in his career with his consistent and honest coverage of events happening during the civil rights movement. Though Booker was a witness to several instances of racial violence and discrimination, he did not let this intimidate him and earned several awards for the many feats accomplished throughout his career. This journalist has contributed to journalism in many ways and did not retire until 2007 at the age of 88 years old. Though Booker is retired he still manages to leave us with another legendary contribution to journalism in his memoir “Shocking The Conscience”, which was recently published in 2013.

Location

Small Ballroom, Curris Center

Start Date

April 2016

End Date

April 2016

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Simeon Booker: The Jackie Robinson of Journalism

Small Ballroom, Curris Center

Simeon Booker was the first African-American reporter employed by The Washington Post newspaper and served as a pioneer for African-American journalists. Providing the public with groundbreaking news during the civil rights movement, Booker also served as the chief of Jet magazine for an astounding 51 years. Simeon Booker earned the respect of his peers early in his career with his consistent and honest coverage of events happening during the civil rights movement. Though Booker was a witness to several instances of racial violence and discrimination, he did not let this intimidate him and earned several awards for the many feats accomplished throughout his career. This journalist has contributed to journalism in many ways and did not retire until 2007 at the age of 88 years old. Though Booker is retired he still manages to leave us with another legendary contribution to journalism in his memoir “Shocking The Conscience”, which was recently published in 2013.