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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
Television Reporter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
String Beans
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bermuda
Favorite Quote:
I'm Here By Being Careful

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
Television Reporter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
String Beans
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bermuda
Favorite Quote:
I'm Here By Being Careful
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Biography

Boston’s first African American television reporter, Sarah-Ann Shaw was born, Sarah-Ann King, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Annie Bell Bomar King and Norris King, Jr. Growing up in Roxbury, Shaw’s father, who was active in the Roxbury Democratic Club, took her to lectures at Jordan Hall, the Ford Hall Forum, and Tremont Temple; there, young Shaw met Paul Robeson. Shaw’s mother worked along side the selfless Melnea Cass. Shaw attended William P. Boardman Elementary School and Henry Lee Higginson Elementary School, was a Girl Scout, and was active at St. Mark’s Social Center. A student at Girls Latin School, Shaw was involved with the NAACP Youth Movement; graduating in 1952, Shaw enrolled at Boston University, but left school in 1955 to get married.

Increasingly involved in community activities, Shaw worked with St. Mark’s Social Center and as a member of the Boston Action Group (BAG). Shaw joined other activists like Otto P. and Muriel S. Snowden in 1957; national Student Movement head, Bill Strickland then asked her to head the Boston Northern Student Movement where she coordinated student led voter education, high school tutoring, and economic housing education with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), BAG, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the Unitarians. In 1968, Shaw became involved with Ray Richardson’s Say Brother public affairs show on WBEZ-TV; she would go on to appear on the program more than twenty times. In 1969, Shaw was hired by WBZ-TV 4 as Boston’s first African American reporter; she remained a news reporter at WBZ TV 4 for more than thirty years. As a civil rights organizer and human services advocate, Shaw demonstrated a rare ability to unite Boston residents and tackle big picture issues. At WBZ, Shaw anchored another black oriented public affairs program, Mzizi Roots.

Shaw, who helped define minority affairs programming and news content, received numerous journalistic awards for her work, including an award from the Boston Radio-Television News Directors Association, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Black Journalists in 1998, and the Yankee Quill Award from the New England Society of Newspaper Editors. Shaw also volunteered for Boston Partners in Education; served as a board member of Boston Neighborhood Network; and served as the President for both the Boston Coalition of Black Women, and the League of Women for Community Service.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sarah-Ann Shaw lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sarah-Ann Shaw remembers her maternal aunt's farm in Inman, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sarah-Ann Shaw talks about her mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes her mother's move to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes her father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes her father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sarah-Ann Shaw talks about her parents' move to Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes her father's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes her parents' personalities and social activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sarah-Ann Shaw remembers her father's community involvement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes the leaders of her community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes the racial history of Boston's Roxbury neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes her community in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sarah-Ann Shaw recalls her early organizational participation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes her schooling in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Sarah-Ann Shaw remembers her early interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Sarah-Ann Shaw recalls her high school teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes her experiences at the Girls' Latin School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sarah-Ann Shaw recalls her aspirations upon graduating from high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes the radio programs of her youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sarah-Ann Shaw remembers attending dances as a teenager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sarah-Ann Shaw recalls attending Camp Atwater in North Brookfield, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sarah-Ann Shaw talks about Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes her community activism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes the impact of urban renewal in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Sarah-Ann Shaw recalls the leaders of Boston's Roxbury community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes her role in the Northern Student Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes the Agency Row in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sarah-Ann Shaw talks about the Northern Student Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sarah-Ann Shaw recalls the achievements of the Northern Student Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes the shortcomings of the Northern Student Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sarah-Ann Shaw talks about the racial demographics of Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes the creation of the 'Say Brother' television program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sarah-Ann Shaw remembers Melnea Cass
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sarah-Ann Shaw talks about 'Say Brother,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Sarah-Ann Shaw talks about 'Say Brother,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Sarah-Ann Shaw remembers hosting 'Mzizi Roots'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Slating of Sarah-Ann Shaw's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sarah-Ann Shaw recalls becoming a reporter at WBZ-TV in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sarah-Ann Shaw recalls her experiences as Boston's first black woman reporter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sarah-Ann Shaw remembers the desegregation of the Boston Public Schools
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes her approach to reporting on the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sarah-Ann Shaw talks about unbiased media coverage
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sarah-Ann Shaw remembers Melvin King's mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Sarah-Ann Shaw talks about the Charles Stuart case
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Sarah-Ann Shaw talks about discrimination in the Boston Police Department
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes the government of the City of Boston
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sarah-Ann Shaw recalls her experiences at the majority white WBZ-TV station
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes her commitment to unbiased reporting
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Sarah-Ann Shaw talks about her racial identity
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Sarah-Ann Shaw remembers the protests at Boston City Hall Plaza
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Sarah-Ann Shaw recalls the topics on 'Mzizi Roots'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes her guests on 'Mzizi Roots'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Sarah-Ann Shaw talks about the decline of public access television
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Sarah-Ann Shaw remembers mentoring young black journalists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes her advice to young black journalists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes the National Association of Black Journalists, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes the National Association of Black Journalists, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Sarah-Ann Shaw talks about her retirement
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Sarah-Ann Shaw reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Sarah-Ann Shaw reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Sarah-Ann Shaw talks about her family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Sarah-Ann Shaw describes how she would like to be remembered