April 10, 2018

CEO Dr. Sheila Brooks Writes First Book

LUCILE H. BLUFORD AND THE KANSAS CITY CALLACTIVIST VOICE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

This book on publisher and editor Lucile H. Bluford examines her journalistic writings on social, economic, and political issues; her strong opinionated views on African Americans and women; and whether there were consistent themes, biases, and assumptions in her stories that may have influenced news coverage in the weekly Black newspaper, the Kansas City Call. It focuses on a selection of Bluford’s news stories and editorials from 1968 to 1983 as examples of how she articulated a Black feminist standpoint advocating a Black liberation agenda—equal access to decent jobs, affordable health care and housing, and a better education in Kansas City, Missouri. Bluford’s writings represented what the mainstream news ignored, exposing injustices and inequalities in the African American community and among feminists.

“This is a brilliant, readable text that should be required reading for all those in journalism, history, political science, and women’s studies.”

Carolyn M. Byerly, Howard University

About the Authors

Sheila Brooks is a former television journalist who is president and CEO of SRB Communications, an award-winning, full-service advertising and marketing agency in Washington, D.C. specializing in multicultural markets. She is a native of Kansas City, Missouri.

Clint C. Wilson II is professor emeritus of journalism, communication, culture and media studies at Howard University and recipient of the University of Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.

“Little known outside the Missouri-Kansas area, Lucile Bluford nonetheless is one of the true heroines of the U.S. civil rights movement. Her tireless editorial campaign for social change is chronicled in this book.”

Brian S. Brooks, University of Missouri

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