WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 10, 2016) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) celebrates founder and past president DeWayne Wickham for his recognition by the Baltimore County Public Library, which commemorates his 30 years of columns, interviews and other materials. The ceremony took place at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore last week.
Wickham is a longtime USA Today columnist and Dean of the School of Global Journalism & Communication at Morgan State University. According to Journal-isms, he was joined at the library by about 120 colleagues and supporters.
"We congratulate DeWayne on this achievement and happy that his body of work will be shared and be accessible to all," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “We have always realized what a treasure he is to our organization. It is fitting that others will experience his sharp mind and great contributions to understanding black people and the Diaspora for years to come.”
In nearly four decades as a journalist, Wickham has reported on eight U.S. presidents; dined with Fidel Castro in Havana; accompanied Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide on his return to Haiti from exile; traveled with Nelson Mandela on his eight city tour of the United States following his release from a South African prison; followed then presidential candidate Barack Obama to Paris for his historic campaign trip to the French capital and flew on Air Force One with President Obama when he went to Selma, Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march for voting rights.
Founder Les Payne congratulated his friend and colleague.
"Over the past 40 years, as educator, reporter, columnist and purposeful entrepreneur, DeWayne has been fully engaged in prodding America to come to its senses most especially about matters of race," said Payne. "Fortunately, the movers and shakers, the comfortable and the afflicted will now all have access to the papers of DeWayne Wickham here at the Enoch Pratt.... and for this we are all grateful. "
NABJ Congratulates Wickham on this accomplishment.
About the National Association of Black Journalists:
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.
*News reports from Journal-isms were used to compile this release.