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Dorothy B. Gilliam

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Columnist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Greens (Collard)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer, November
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
All Things Work Together for the Good of Those That Love the Lord and are Called According to His Purpose.

Birthplace

Born:
11/24/1936
Birth Location:
Memphis, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Columnist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Greens (Collard)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer, November
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
All Things Work Together for the Good of Those That Love the Lord and are Called According to His Purpose.

Birthplace

Born:
11/24/1936
Birth Location:
Memphis
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Biography

Former president of the National Association of Black Journalists Dorothy Gilliam was born November 24, 1936, in Memphis, Tennessee. Her parents, Adee and Jessie Mae Butler had ten children, only five of whom survived. Gilliam began attending Ursuline University in Louisville and transferred to Lincoln University to study journalism.

While attending Urusline University, Gilliam began working as a typist for the Louisville Defender, but at the age of seventeen, she was named the society editor. In 1957, while working for the Tri-State Defender, Gilliam, against the wishes of her boss, covered the integration of Little Rock. While there, she met an editor from Jet magazine and was offered a job as an associate editor. In 1959, after two years with Jet, Gilliam left to continue her education at Tuskegee Institute, and in 1960, she was accepted at Columbia University in the graduate school of journalism. Following graduation, Gilliam decided to travel to Africa with Crossroads, and upon her return in 1961, she was offered a job with The Washington Post. Leaving in the mid-1960s to spend time with her family, she returned to the Post in 1972, where she worked for more than thirty years and her popular Metro section columns often focused on issues of education, politics and race. In 1997 Gilliam became director of the Young Journalists Development Project, which helps local high schools develop journalism programs. Today, she is a fellow at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs.

Gilliam served as the president of the National Association of Black Journalists from 1993 to 1995. She is also a former fellow of the Freedom Forum at the Media Studies Center at Columbia University and the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has also authored the 1976 biography Paul Robeson, All American.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dorothy B. Gilliam's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dorothy B. Gilliam lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about her maternal family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about her maternal family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about her father's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dorothy B. Gilliam explains her lack of knowledge about her paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dorothy B. Gilliam lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about living in Memphis, Tennessee and her father's assignment to Youngs Chapel A.M.E. church in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dorothy B. Gilliam describes Louisville, Kentucky in the early 1940s and talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dorothy B. Gilliam describes her mother's personality and her job as a domestic
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about her childhood community in Louisville, Kentucky and being a vocal leader in her youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dorothy B. Gilliam shares a story from a maternal aunt about a weekly communal gathering of women in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about her childhood interests and coping with her father's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about skipping a grade in elementary school and race relations in Louisville, Kentucky during the 1940s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about early educational experiences and moving to a farm in Shelbyville, Kentucky after her father became ill
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dorothy B. Gilliam explains how her family struggled economically during her father's illness
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about her high school experience at Lincoln Institute in Lincoln Ridge, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about her family's educational background and her father's character
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about her high school extracurricular activities at Lincoln Institute in Lincoln Ridge, Kentucky
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about integrating Ursuline College in Louisville, Kentucky in 1953
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dorothy B. Gilliam describes her experience writing for the Louisville Defender in the early 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dorothy B. Gilliam describes her experience at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dorothy B. Gilliam recalls being hired by the Tri-State Defender and covering the integration of Little Rock Central High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about writing for Jet magazine in the late 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about attending Tuskegee Institute and her relationship with HistoryMaker Samuel Yette
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dorothy B. Gilliam describes her experience at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York, New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dorothy B. Gilliam describes her experience at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism School in New York, New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dorothy B. Gilliam recalls going to Kenya through Operation Crossroads Africa in 1961
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dorothy B. Gilliam recalls her experience in Kenya while on an Operation Crossroads Africa mission in 1961
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dorothy B. Gilliam explains how she was hired by the Washington Post in 1961
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about her experience as a journalist for the Washington Post in the early 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about attending the 1963 March on Washington and coverage of the event
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dorothy B. Gilliam recalls covering the 1962 integration of the University of Mississippi with HistoryMaker Ernest Withers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about the role of the black press during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about urban politics in Washington, D.C. during the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about the Kerner Commission's findings on the role of the mainstream media in the late-1960s urban riots
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about returning to the Washington Post in 1972
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about working as editor of the Washington Post style section and the genesis of her book, 'Paul Robeson, All-American'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about her 1976 book, 'Paul Robeson, All-American'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about her Washington Post metro section column
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about her tenure as president of National Association of Black Journalists and UNITY conferences
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dorothy B. Gilliam explains the goals of the National Association of Black Journalists in the 1970s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about the Washington Post's Young Journalists Development Project
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about working to increase youth interest in media careers, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Dorothy B. Gilliam describes her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dorothy B. Gilliam talks about working to increase youth interest in media careers, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dorothy B. Gilliam reflects upon her legacy and considers the future of American mainstream media
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dorothy B. Gilliam considers what she would have done differently
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dorothy B. Gilliam describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dorothy B. Gilliam narrates her photographs