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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Simeon Booker

Hickey, Matthew; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Magazine and newspaper reporter Simeon Saunders Booker, Jr., was born August 27, 1918, in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1942, after receiving his B.A. degree in English from Virginia Union University, Booker worked at the Baltimore's Afro American Newspaper. In 1945, he began working for the Call and Post in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1950, Booker was awarded the Nieman Fellowship in journalism from Harvard University. He became the Washington Post's first full-time black reporter in 1951. Booker made history with unflinching coverage of the Emmett Till tragedy in 1955. In 1961, Booker rode with the Congress on Racial Equality Freedom Riders through the South. He was Washington bureau chief for Johnson Publishing for fifty-three years, covering every presidential election after Eisenhower's re-election and traveling abroad extensively. In 1982, Booker received the National Press Club's Fourth Estate Award. In 2013, he published Shocking the Conscience: A Reporter's Account of the Civil Rights Movement.
Performers
Paul Brock, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
129 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Simeon Booker
Simeon Booker
Credits
Videographer, Matthew Hickey.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Washington, District of Columbia 2007 August 1.
Description
1 online resource (5 video files (2 hr., 8 min., 58 sec.)) : sound, color
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