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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
Pursue Your Passions In What You Do In Your Life Because That Way You Will Never Have A Bad Day Of Work.

Birthplace

Born:
4/10/1954
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
Pursue Your Passions In What You Do In Your Life Because That Way You Will Never Have A Bad Day Of Work.

Birthplace

Born:
4/10/1954
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Gale Harriet Horton Gay was born on April 10, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York to Jenny and J.C Horton. The family moved to Mount Vernon, New York where Gay attended public school. At Washington Junior High School, Gay played the violin in the school orchestra. It was here where she would write and perform her first musical composition. After graduation from Mount Vernon High School in 1972, she would enter Morrisville State College, in Morrisville, New York, and received her A.A degree in journalism in 1976 and her B.S degree in communications in 1978 from Syracuse University.

Gay was selected for an internship program that would lead to her writing for numerous publications, which including the Oakland Press, the Fort Worth Press and the Dallas Times Herald. In 1987, Gay went to work for Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital as the Director of Public Relations. Here, she promoted cultural diversity. This same year, she participated in the march for racial equality when she was one of the 20,000 marchers from around the country who converged on Forsyth County, Georgia. The march was led by Hosea Williams. Successful in public relations, Gay headed her own companies, Horton–Lind Communications and Horton Gay Communication from 1993 to 1999.

In 1999, Gay became part of Ace Communications, which then published the Champion Newspaper which became the legal organ for DeKalb County Georgia, the first African American newspaper to do so. Today, she is the Managing Editor of both the Champion Newspaper and the Good Life magazine published by Ace Communications.

Gay lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia with her husband, Cedric Gay, and her two children, Jean-Pierre and Imani.

Gay was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 14, 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Gale Horton Gay's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Gale Horton Gay lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Gale Horton Gay talks about her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Gale Horton Gay talks about her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Gale Horton Gay recalls stories of her grandmother's boarders
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Gale Horton Gay talks about her maternal grandfather, aunt, and uncle
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Gale Horton Gay talks about her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Gale Horton Gay recalls deciding to travel to Africa in college
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Gale Horton Gay describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Gale Horton Gay describes her sister
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Gale Horton Gay describes holidays in her home
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Gale Horton Gay describes growing up in Mount Vernon, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Gale Horton Gay describes the sounds, smells, and sights of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Gale Horton Gay recalls walking with her grandmother in Mount Vernon, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Gale Horton Gay recalls her experience in elementary school in Mount Vernon, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Gale Horton Gay recalls her elementary school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Gale Horton Gay describes herself in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Gale Horton Gay describes her experience at Washington Junior High School in Mount Vernon, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Gale Horton Gay recalls personal and national losses of the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Gale Horton Gay talks about her family's attitudes toward voting
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Gale Horton Gay recalls working for jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal while attending high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Gale Horton Gay talks about her weekend activities while attending high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Gale Horton Gay describes her experience at McGraw-Hill Publishing Company after graduating from high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Gale Horton Gay recalls her experience at State University of New York at Morrisville
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Gale Horton Gay recalls the Vietnam War draft
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Gale Horton Gay describes the differences between State University of New York at Morrisville and Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Gale Horton Gay describes experiencing racism at SUNY Morrisville in Morrisville, New York pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Gale Horton Gay describes the environment at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Gale Horton Gay talks about the instructors who shaped her writing in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Gale Horton Gay describes learning to deal with racial conflict at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Gale Horton Gay recalls writing an editorial about the African American community at Syracuse University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Gale Horton Gay describes writing for the Syracuse Herald and graduating from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Gale Horton Gay describes her internship with Capital City Communications, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Gale Horton Gay describes her internship with Capital City Communications, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Gale Horton Gay describes her experience as a reporter in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Gale Horton Gay describes working at Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Gale Horton Gay describes working at Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Gale Horton Gay recalls articles she has written as a journalist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Gale Horton Gay reflects on skills she learned in the newspaper industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Gale Horton Gay reflects on the community of black journalists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Gale Horton Gay reflects on racial inclusion in the advertising of Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Gale Horton Gay describes her public relations firm Horton-Lind Communications
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Gale Horton Gay describes her experience at Atlanta Goodlife Magazine, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Gale Horton Gay describes her experience at Atlanta Goodlife Magazine, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Gale Horton Gay talks about her travel writing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Gale Horton Gay reflects on why she loves working at Atlanta Goodlife magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Gale Horton Gay talks about the Champion Newspaper, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Gale Horton Gay describes the Champion Newspaper, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Gale Horton Gay describes the Champion Newspaper, pt. 3
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Gale Horton Gay talks about organizations she is involved with
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Gale Horton Gay talks about her husband
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Gale Horton Gay recalls marching in Forsyth County, Georgia in 1987, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Gale Horton Gay recalls marching in Forsyth County, Georgia in 1987, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Gale Horton Gay talks about why she does not keep a journal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Gale Horton Gay reflects on her plans and aspirations for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Gale Horton Gay shares her advice for future generations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Gale Horton Gay reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Gale Horton Gay describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Gale Horton Gay reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Gale Horton Gay narrates her photographs