New American Black Journal Roadshow –
African Americans: Telling Our Story

As American Black Journal celebrates its 50th year on Detroit Public Television, the show went on the road to the William V. Banks Broadcast Museum & Media Center for a frank conversation on the opportunities available for African Americans to tell their story.

Host Stephen Henderson takes a look at where we stand today — 50 years later. Are there more minority journalists? What is the state of the Black Press? What avenues are African Americans using to tell their own stories? We’ll talk with past, current and aspiring journalists and organizations that were created to give the Black community a voice.

Panelists include:

  1. Sheila Cockrel, Crossroads Consulting
  2. Ken Coleman, Detroit Historian
  3. Trudy Gallant-Stokes, former Detroit Black Journal host
  4. Luther Keith, Former Detroit News Editor & Founder of the Wayne State University Journalism Institute for Minorities
  5. Herman McKalpain, former WGPR-TV camera operator, editor and sports director
  6. Karen Hudson Samuels, WGPR-TV 62 Historical Society
  7. Cliff Sykes, Project BAIT (Black Awareness in Television)/For My People
  8. Vickie Thomas, Region II Director, Detroit Chapter of National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
  9. Nkenge Zola, Project BAIT. Former Michigan Citizen editor/reporter and WDET host

The discussion was held at the William V. Banks Broadcast Museum, which is dedicated to the nation’s first African American owned and operated television station, WGPR-TV 62.




Don’t miss American Black Journal on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and again on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56.

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