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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Columnist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Barbecue Ribs
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
You Must Think Money Grows On Trees.

Birthplace

Born:
6/2/1947
Birth Location:
Dayton, Ohio

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Columnist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Barbecue Ribs
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
You Must Think Money Grows On Trees.

Birthplace

Born:
6/2/1947
Birth Location:
Dayton
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Biography

Pulitzer Prize-winning news columnist Clarence Page was born in Dayton, Ohio on June 2, 1947, to Clarence Hannibal Page, a factory worker, and Maggie Page, the owner of a catering service. During his senior year of high school, Page served as feature editor at the school’s biweekly newspaper. In 1965, he won his first award from the Southeast Ohio High School Newspaper Association for the year's best feature article. It was at this point that Page, under the guidance of Mrs. Mary Kendall, his high school newspaper instructor, became very interested in journalism. He graduated from Middletown High School in 1965, and that summer, he earned his first pay as a journalist by selling freelance photos and stories to the Middletown Journal and Cincinnati Enquirer. In 1969, he received his B.S. degree in journalism from Ohio University, where he worked on the student newspaper while at college.

That same year, Page joined the Chicago Tribune as one of its few African American reporters. Six months later, he was drafted into the military, where he served in the press office at the 212th Artillery Group, Fort Lewis, Washington. In 1971, Page returned to the
Chicago Tribune, where he covered a variety of topics, including police, religion, and neighborhood news, with freelance assignments as a rock music critic for the Tempo section at night. In 1976, he became a foreign correspondent in Africa, and in 1980, after eleven years at the Chicago Tribune, he joined WBBM-TV, a CBS-owned station, in August 1980, and while working there, was assigned the Harold Washington mayoral campaign. In 1984, Page returned to the Chicago Tribune as a columnist and a member of the editorial board. Three years later, his column became syndicated nationally, and in May 1987, he married Lisa Johnson. Their first and only son, Grady Jonathan, was born on June 3, 1989, and in 1991, they moved to Washington, DC.

The recipient of honorary doctorates from Columbia College in Chicago, Chicago Theological Seminary, and Ohio University, Page is a regular contributor of essays to "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" and an occasional commentator on National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition
Sunday." In 1972, he participated in a Chicago Tribune Task Force series on voter fraud that won him a Pulitzer Prize. Four years later, he won the Edward Scott Beck Award for overseas reporting on the changing politics of Southern Africa. An investigative series written by
Page, "The Black Tax," was awarded the 1980 Illinois UPI award for Community Service. In 1989, Page’s column won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, and in 1992, he was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame. In 1996, Page published his first book, Showing My
Color: Impolite Essays on Race and Identity
.

Clarence Page was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 28, 2010 and March 6, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Clarence Page's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Clarence Page lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Clarence Page describes his biological mother's family background and talks about his adoption
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Clarence Page describes his adoptive mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Clarence Page discusses his adoptive parents' migration to the north, his mother's job as a housekeeper, and how she met his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Clarence Page talks about his mother's employers and their close relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Clarence Page talks about his mother's restaurant and catering business
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Clarence Page talks about a lynching in his mother's hometown of Carrollton, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Clarence Page talks about being adopted and not knowing the identity of his biological father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Clarence Page describes his adoptive father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Clarence Page talks about his grand-uncle, Monroe Page
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Clarence Page describes his father's growing up in Elba, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Clarence Page talks about his father's family's move to Middletown, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Clarence Page talks about why his parents adopted him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Clarence Page talks about his father's influence on his life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Clarence Page talks about race relations in Middletown, Ohio, while he was growing up, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Clarence Page talks about race relations in Middletown, Ohio, while he was growing up, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Clarence Page describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Middletown, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Clarence Page describes his experience in elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Clarence Page talks about watching television while growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Clarence Page talks about becoming aware of segregation as a young boy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Clarence Page talks about his exposure to segregation, which taught him to see the world with empathy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Clarence Page talks about the desegregation of the North in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Clarence Page talks about his positive attitude in school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Clarence Page talks about well-known people who come from Middletown, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Clarence Page talks about becoming interested in pursuing journalism in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Clarence Page talks about frequenting the Middletown public library
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Clarence Page talks about the first black reporters on national news networks, and watching political conventions on TV in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Clarence Page reflects upon changes in media trends since the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Clarence Page talks about how television changed media coverage in America since the late 1950s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Clarence Page talks about Louis Lomax and Mike Wallace
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Clarence Page describes his first experience as a journalist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Clarence Page discusses African American publications
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Clarence Page talks about businessman and publisher, John H. Johnson, as a role model
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Clarence Page talks about the black media
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Clarence Page talks about his decision to attend Ohio University to study journalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Clarence Page talks about news reporters in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Clarence Page talks about stuttering as a child
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Clarence Page talks about how he and others overcome their stutter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Clarence Page talks about working at the Ohio University college newspaper
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Clarence Page talks about the bands and entertainers who came to Ohio University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Clarence Page talks about his interview with Bill Cosby and his opportunity to attend Ohio University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Clarence Page talks about the number of journalists trained at Ohio University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Clarence Page talks about his social life at Ohio University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Clarence Page talks about the political changes in the African American community in the 1960s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Clarence Page talks the political scene at Ohio University in the 1960s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Clarence Page talks about black students at Ohio University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Clarence Page talks about Ohio University in the aftermath of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Clarence Page talks about teaching a black literature course at Ohio University as an undergraduate student
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Clarence Page talks about reading Malcolm X's autobiography
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Clarence Page talks about being drafted into the Vietnam War and his views on the war
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Clarence Page talks about his decision to join the 'Chicago Tribune'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Clarence Page talks about mainstream newspapers and the African American newspapers in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Clarence Page talks about his mentor, HistoryMaker Vernon Jarrett
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Clarence Page talks about his early days at the 'Chicago Tribune'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Clarence Page talks about HistoryMaker Joseph Boyce, who was the first black reporter in the newsroom at the 'Chicago Tribune'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Slating of Clarence Page's interview, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Clarence Page talks about spending two years in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Clarence Page talks about his reporting assignments in the 'Chicago Tribune'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Clarence Page talks about politics in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Clarence Page talks about Chicago's influence on his journalism
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Clarence Page talks about being a journalist in Chicago, Illinois, in the late 1960s and the 1970s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Clarence Page talks about HistoryMakers Lu Palmer and Vernon Jarett
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Clarence Page talks about reporting on the Black Panthers in Chicago
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Clarence Page talks about the student killings at Kent State University and Jackson State University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Clarence Page talks working undercover as an election worker in the primary of 1972
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Clarence Page talks about Chicago politics and the murder of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark of the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Clarence Page talks about his experience in reporting Chicago politics
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Clarence Page talks about being assigned to become the Chicago Tribune's foreign correspondent to South Africa in 1976
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Clarence Page talks about finding out about his adoption
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Clarence Page talks about his experience in South Africa and Rhodesia in 1976
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Clarence Page describes the city of Soweto, South Africa, and his experience there in 1976
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Clarence Page talks about the Soweto uprising
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Clarence Page talks about black journalists in South Africa and local black publications
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Clarence Page talks about his trip to South Africa in 1976 and prominent South African political figures at the time
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Clarence Page talks about his work as an assistant city editor at the 'Chicago Tribune', and his desire to work as a columnist
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Clarence Page talks about the poor representation of African Americans on television shows prior to the 1980s
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Clarence Page talks about the increase in black television talk show hosts in the 1980s
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Clarence Page talks about his first wife, Leanita McClain
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Clarence Page talks about his first wife, Leanita McClain's suicide, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Clarence Page talks about his first wife, Leanita McClain's suicide, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Clarence Page discusses the suicide rate in the African American community
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Clarence Page talks about his investigative series, 'The Black Tax', pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Clarence Page talks about his investigative series, 'The Black Tax', pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Clarence Page talks about the progress made by the African American community in the 1970s and 1980s
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Clarence Page talks about his experience at WBBM-TV in Chicago, Illinois, and the boycott of Chicago Fest
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Clarence Page talks about covering Harold Washington's mayoral campaign at WBBM-TV in Chicago, and returning to the 'Chicago Tribune' in 1984
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Clarence Page discusses Harold Washington's mayoral campaign, and his win in the Chicago Democratic primary elections, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Clarence Page discusses Harold Washington's mayoral campaign, and his win in the Chicago Democratic primary elections, pt. 2
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Clarence Page talks about his relationship with Bernie Epton, the Republican mayoral candidate against Harold Washington in 1983 in Chicago
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Clarence Page talks about Reverend Jesse Jackson's presidential run in 1984
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Clarence Page talks about Minister Louis Farrakhan
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Clarence Page talks about his interview with Minister Louis Farrakhan
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Clarence Page talks about his first wife, Leanita McClain's articles, and the black middle class, and its social divide
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Clarence Page discusses the similarities and differences in the background of he and his first wife, Leanita McClain
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Slating of Clarence Page's interview, session 3
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - Clarence Page recalls meeting his wife for the first time
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - Clarence Page remembers the transition of his column to national syndication
  • Tape: 12 Story: 4 - Clarence Page talks about his favorite columnists
  • Tape: 12 Story: 5 - Clarence Page describes his writing style
  • Tape: 12 Story: 6 - Clarence Page talks about African American recipients of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary
  • Tape: 12 Story: 7 - Clarence Page describes his experience of winning the Pulitzer Prize
  • Tape: 12 Story: 8 - Clarence Page recalls his reporting on the administration of Eugene Sawyer
  • Tape: 12 Story: 9 - Clarence Page remembers moving to Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 13 Story: 1 - Clarence Page recalls being inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame
  • Tape: 13 Story: 2 - Clarence Page talks about his reporting on social issues, pt. 1
  • Tape: 13 Story: 3 - Clarence Page talks about his reporting on social issues, pt. 2
  • Tape: 13 Story: 4 - Clarence Page talks about his interest in economic justice
  • Tape: 13 Story: 5 - Clarence Page reflects upon the recent political changes
  • Tape: 13 Story: 6 - Clarence Page talks about his television appearances
  • Tape: 13 Story: 7 - Clarence Page talks about the relationship between the African American community and bi-partisan politics
  • Tape: 13 Story: 8 - Clarence Page talks about his political affiliation
  • Tape: 13 Story: 9 - Clarence Page describes his essay collection, 'Showing My Color'
  • Tape: 14 Story: 1 - Clarence Page remembers the Million Man March in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 14 Story: 2 - Clarence Page talks about the presidency of Bill Clinton
  • Tape: 14 Story: 3 - Clarence Page remembers the National Rifle Association campaign against Al Gore
  • Tape: 14 Story: 4 - Clarence Page talks about his coverage of reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse L. Jackson
  • Tape: 14 Story: 5 - Clarence Page talks about President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 14 Story: 6 - Clarence Page describes Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 14 Story: 7 - Clarence Page talks about overcoming his stutter
  • Tape: 14 Story: 8 - Clarence Page reflects upon the changes to the news media industry
  • Tape: 14 Story: 9 - Clarence Page reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 14 Story: 10 - Clarence Page talks about his film appearances
  • Tape: 14 Story: 11 - Clarence Page reflects upon the state of black media
  • Tape: 15 Story: 1 - Clarence Page reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 15 Story: 2 - Clarence Page talks about his parents' support
  • Tape: 15 Story: 3 - Clarence Page describes how he would like to be remembered