Mass communications students and faculty met internationally renowned journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault during the 45th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Convocation. Hunter-Gault was the event's keynote speaker on Jan. 17 at Jackson State University.
Hunter-Gault, who along with Hamilton Holmes integrated the University of Georgia in 1961, has more than 40 years in the journalism industry, including 20 years with PBS as a national correspondent for Newshour with Jim Lehrer. She has also served as chief correspondent in Africa for CNN, was a special correspondent for NPR and was the first black reporter for The New Yorker magazine.
More than 1,000 people attended the event at the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, who was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis, Tenn. Hunter-Gault encouraged the audience to find a better way to keep the values of the civil rights leader alive. “I ask you today to commit, to walk and never get weary, from the streets of Jackson, Miss., to South Africa and to countries east and west,” Hunter-Gault said. After her speech, the trailblazer gave advice to aspiring journalists.
Jackson State University is designated as a "high research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation.
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