The First Lady of the Black Press: Ethel Payne

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Hello and welcome back from wonder media network. I'm jenny kaplan and this is encyclopedia manica. Today we're talking about a fearless journalist and civil rights activists witnessed and reported moved the most monumental moments in american history known as the first lady of the black press. Meet our pioneer of the day. Ethel l payne born in chicago in nineteen eleven to the children of slaves at those one of six siblings. She was raised by her single mother after her father's early passing in nineteen forty eight. Ethel was working as a senior library assistant at the chicago public library. She decided to move across the world to work for the army special services club in tokyo. When the korean war broke out in nineteen fifty ethel wrote extensively in her journal about the discrimination. She saw against african american troops stationed in japan. Even though the military had been ordered to integrate she noticed that soldiers were still segregated. She also noted the racial slurs commonly used against african american soldiers and the regular abandonment of babies born to japanese mothers and fathers. Ethel eventually showed her journal to a korean war reporter and he sent her observations to the chicago defender a newspaper that served african american communities. Breeders were

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