Rowan, Carl T.

Acclaimed African-American journalist, diplomat and government official

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(1925-2000) Award-winning journalist, government official and diplomat. He graduated from Oberlin College (1947) and was awarded a master's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota (1948). He began his career writing for the African-American newspapers Minneapolis Spokesman and St. Paul Recorder (now the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder). He went on to be a copywriter for The Minneapolis Tribune (1948–50), and later became a staff writer (1950–61), reporting extensively on the Civil Rights Movement. In the late 1950s, he covered the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement in the South, including the historic 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott, resulting from Rosa Parks's refusal to relinquish her bus seat to a white passenger. As the only black reporter covering the story for a national newspaper, Rowan struck a special friendship with the boycott's leaders, including Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1961, he was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State by President. Kennedy. In 1962, he was a delegate to the United Nations during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Rowan became Ambassador to Finland in 1963. In 1964, he was appointed Director of the United States Information Agency (USIA) by President Johnson, succeeding Edward R. Murrow. He thus became the 1st African American to sit on the National Security Council and the highest level African American in the government. Rowan wrote a syndicated column for the Chicago Sun-Times 1966-98 and, from 1967-96, was a panelist on a TV’s “Agronsky & Company” (later called “Inside Washington”) 1967-96. His name was on the master list of Nixon’s political opponents. He is the only journalist ever to win the Sigma Delta Chi medallion for journalistic excellence in 3 successive years. His columns were published in 100+ newspapers across the US. In 1997, he was awarded the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP.The National Press Club gave Rowan its 1999 Fourth Estate Award for lifetime achievement. On January 9, 2001, Secretary of State Albright dedicated the press briefing room at the State Department as the Carl T. Rowan Briefing room. Founded in 1987 by Rowan, Project Excellence was a college scholarship program for black high-school seniors from public, private, and parochial schools in the metropolitan Washington area, including Virginia and Maryland suburbs, who displayed outstanding writing and speaking skills. By 2000 the program had given out $26 million in scholarship money to over 1150 students. SP, 10 x 8 b&w official USIA portrait (ca. 1964-66).

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