Known as the "First Lady of the Black Press," award-winning journalist Ethel Payne was the first African-American female commentator employed by a national network when she was hired by CBS in 1972. In particular, she was known for combining journalism and advocacy in her coverage of the civil rights movement.
The Ethel Payne papers, which date from circa 1960s to 1980s and measure .27 linear feet, document the career of journalist Ethel Payne. The collection is comprised of passports, badges, photographs, press credentials, awards and ephemera.
Ethel Payne papers, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution Archives, gift of Avis R. Johnson
African American journalists
African American women
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