The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications will honor award-winning journalist and author Charlayne Hunter-Gault with its 2008 Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award as part of the NAMIC Conference.
The award, established in in 1992 in memory of the late Congressman from Texas for his and his lifelong advocacy of social justice and equality for people, will be presented during a Sept. 16 luncheon at the conference, according to NAMIC executives.
An Emmy award-winning journalist, author and school desegregation pioneer, Hunter-Gault made civil rights history as the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Georgia in 1962. Hunter-Gault has also served as national correspondent and fill-in anchor for PBS’s MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, chief correspondent for National Public Radio in Africa and bureau chief for CNN in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“We are pleased to continue paying tribute to Congressman Leland’s legacy, by honoring Charlayne Hunter-Gault, a trailblazer and champion of diversity and inclusion within the field of journalism and the global community,” said NAMIC president Kathy Johnson in a statement.
The award ceremony will be part of a conference general session that will focus on the news media’s effect on the political process. Featured speakers include Pamela Gentry, senior political producer, BET Networks; Lee Hawkins, contributor, CNBC and reporter, Wall Street Journal; Roland Martin, journalist and syndicated columnist; Maria Teresa Petersen, founding executive director, Voto Latino; and Sree Sreenivasan, dean of Student Affairs, Columbia University School of Journalism and tech reporter, WNBC-TV.