Carol McCabe Booker discusses pioneering journalist Alice Dunnigan, who shattered barriers in the late 1940s by becoming the first black female reporter credentialed to cover Congress and the White House. Booker edited and annotated a newly published edition of Dunnigan’s autobiography, “Alone Atop the Hill,” providing historical context to the journalist’s remarkable story.
As a correspondent for the Associated Negro Press, Dunnigan was the only black reporter to ride President Harry S. Truman’s campaign train in 1948. She also was the first reporter to question President Dwight D. Eisenhower about civil rights. Her reports from Washington were carried by more than 100 black newspapers.
Booker, a former journalist and Washington attorney, also co-wrote “Shocking the Conscience: A Reporter’s Account of the Civil Rights Movement” with her husband, journalist Simeon Booker.
A book signing will follow the program.
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