Unsung Sheroes: 10 Historical Black Women Figures

Ethel PayneEthel L. Payne

An African-American journalist, Ethel L. Payne was known as the “First Lady of the Black Press.” Combing journalism and advocacy, Payne used her talent to provide commentary during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s.

She later became the first African-American female journalist to be hired by a major news organization when CBS offered her a position in 1972. Payne is the recipient of a National Association of Black Journalists’ Lifetime Achievement Award and was an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority before her death in 1991.

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