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James McGrath Morris
Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press
Wednesday, March 23rd 2016
About James McGrath Morris: James McGrath Morris is an author, columnist, and radio show host. He writes primarily biographies and works of narrative nonfiction. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Morris spent a decade as a journalist, a decade working in the book and magazine business, and a decade as a high school teacher. He is currently working on a new work The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway and Dos Passos--Literary Lives in War and Peace that will be published by Da Capo Press in 2017. Aside from writing books, Morris is the author of a column called "Type A" that explores the changing world of publishing and reading. He is also the host each of month of "Collected Words," a radio show produced by Collected Works Bookstore and Cafe and airs on KVSF.
About Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press: For decades, Ethel Lois Payne has been hidden in the shadows of history. Now, James McGrath Morris skillfully illuminates this ambitious, influential, and groundbreaking woman’s life, from her childhood growing up in South Chicago to her career as a journalist and network news commentator, reporting on some of the most crucial events in modern American history.
Inspiring and instructive, moving and comprehensive, Eye on the Struggle illuminates this extraordinary woman and her achievements, and reminds us of the power one person has to transform our lives and our world.
Acclaimed biographer James McGrath Morris brings into focus the riveting life of one of the most significant yet least known figures of the civil rights era—pioneering journalist Ethel Payne, the “First Lady of the Black Press”—elevating her to her rightful place in history at last.