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Chasing Newsroom DiversityFrom Jim Crow to Affirmative Action$
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Gwyneth Mellinger

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037382

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037382.001.0001

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Manning the Barricade

Manning the Barricade

Maintaining the White Prerogative in the Face of Change, 1954–67

(p.19) 1 Manning the Barricade
Chasing Newsroom Diversity

Gwyneth Mellinger

University of Illinois Press

This chapter opens the ASNE story in the mid-1950s, when ASNE members began registering the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation ruling and the specter of more sweeping civil rights reforms. During the 1950s, the ASNE leadership was dominated by Southern editors and much of the organization's tension over civil rights was inflected with regionalism. Key moments in the decade examined by this chapter include the ASNE board's initial resistance to integrating the organization and the membership's discourteous reception of prominent civil rights leaders—the first African Americans invited to address the ASNE—at the 1964 convention.

Keywords:   civil rights reforms, desegregation, regionalism, ASNE leadership, Brown v. Board of Education

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