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Shocking the ConscienceA Reporter's Account of the Civil Rights Movement$
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Simeon Booker and Carol McCabe Booker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617037894

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617037894.001.0001

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The End of the Beginning

The End of the Beginning

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(p.295) 22 The End of the Beginning
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Shocking the Conscience
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Simeon Booker

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617037894.003.0022

In 1982, the author, who worked as a reporter for the black-owned magazine Jet and its sister publication Ebony for fifty-three years, received the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Award for “a distinguished career in journalism.” in 1982. He was the first black recipient of the prestigious award and the tenth in a list of honorees that also include Walter Cronkite, Scotty Reston, Vermont Royster, and Herbert Block. Twenty-eight years later, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation presented him with its Mickey Leland Award during its annual conference and banquet. In this chapter, the author recalls the members of the Congressional Black Caucus, from William Dawson and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. to Charles Diggs, Robert Nix, and John Conyers. Other blacks who won seats in Congress include Parren Mitchell, Louis Stokes, William Clay, Shirley Chisholm, and Ron Dellums.

Keywords:   blacks, National Press Club, journalism, award, Congressional Black Caucus, William Dawson, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Charles Diggs, Congress, Shirley Chisholm

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