King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis
DIRECTOR: SIDNEY LUMET & JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ
Booksigning with Dorothy Butler Gilliam following the screening
"When I arrived in Washington, D.C., in 1961, the city, the entire country, and the African continent were all on the threshold of change. Kennedy had just begun his presidency promising “a new frontier.” The Civil Rights Movement was kicking into high gear with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. now urging young people like me to pursue professions we’d been excluded from and to excel. It was thrilling to be in the nation’s capital to begin my career as a daily newspaper journalist in the white press.”
Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America (Center Street, 2019), the new memoir by journalist Dorothy Butler Gilliam, tells her story of fifty years in journalism, from her precocious start at age 23 as the first African American woman writer at the Washington Post through a lifetime of daily deadline writing, a craft that so few have acheived with her longevity. Gilliam covered the most important national stories of the day, from the Little Rock 9, to the local DC pieces that revealed a city very much still segregated in principle, if not official name. Trailblazer is a rich history of America in the last 50 years, as well as the stirring story of a woman who broke barriers, both visible and invisible, over the course of a legendary career and extraordinary life.
"Dorothy Gilliam is that most rare of revolutionaries, one who not only climbs the barricades, but lets down a ladder to help others up, too. In her more than six decades at the centers of journalism in New York and Washington, she has often been the first African American woman and the best of everything. Her memoir shows us that a few can be both, but no one should have to.”—Gloria Steinem
Print of King: A Filmed Record... preserved by the Library of Congress.