#367 Getting the Story Right Dorothy Butler Gilliam

Jul 10, 2019 | Blog Posts

#367 Dorothy Butler Gilliam – Trailblazer Journalist

Smithsonian Associates Art of Living Interview Series

Welcome to The Not Old Better Show, I’m Paul Vogelzang and this is episode #367. As part of our Smithsonian Associates HerStory author Interview series, we are joined today by author, journalist, visionary leader, Dorothy Butler Gilliam. Dorothy Butler Gilliam will be appearing at the Smithsonian Associates program, July 9, 2019, and the title of her presentation is Getting the Story Right.

Dorothy Gilliam is that most rare of revolutionaries, one who not only climbs the barricades, but lets down a ladder to help others up, too. In her more than six decades at the centers of journalism in New York and Washington, she has often been the first African American woman and the best of everything. Her memoir shows us that a few can be both, but no one should have to. “We will have no democracy until each of us can be our unique individual selves.” that’s according to Gloria Steinem.

I found Dorothy Butler Gilliam to be candid, with quiet strength, elegance, a visionary leader, and an honored journalist. Dorothy Butler Gilliam’s inspirational life story, in her new memoir, which we’ll hear her read from in just a moment, is the journey of a daughter of the South who became a pioneering black woman journalist, an influential voice in the pages of The 1961 Washington Post, a national leader of the movement to foster diversity in the news media, and a dedicated mentor of countless aspiring young journalists. It is also the story of her role in a remarkable era of growth and influence of JFK, MLK, civil rights movement, and many other changes, all of which made for Dorothy Butler’s writing and storytelling, inside a leading American newspaper, now evolving in the digital age.

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