Morgan State University will welcome a cast of journalists, editors and media experts from around the country for the ceremonial opening of the MSU School of Global Journalism and Communication on Thursday, Oct. 3 beginning at 11:15 a.m.
The opening will feature a ribbon cutting and will be followed by a national dialog on the influence of media in the nation’s Civil Rights Movement beginning at 2:00 p.m in the Ruthe Sheffey Lecture Hall of the MSU Communications Center. The symposium will be moderated by ABC News anchor and chief national correspondent Byron Pitts, and will include a panel of distinguished journalists and activists analyzing the media’s coverage of events such as the March on Washington, the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Medgar Evers, the Birmingham Children’s Crusade and the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.
Panelists include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch, New York Times editor and veteran Civil Rights reporter Paul Delaney, former Morgan State student activist Helena Hicks, former Baltimore Evening Sun editor Ray Jenkins, and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Clarence Page.
The symposium will also include video interviews with iconic black media makers Simeon Booker and Moses Newson, whose coverage of the Civil Rights Movement helped spur government intervention and legislative action to end separatist and discriminatory culture throughout the United States.