Simpson, a former distinguished journalist-in-residence at Emerson for 12 years, talked about breaking barriers as a Black woman journalist at a time when very few were given the opportunity to rise in the ranks.
Spruill co-founded the New African Company in 1968, and taught an uncountable amount of students at Emerson and BU.
Panelists reflected on their personal experiences working in radio and how they were able to face challenges such as racism and sexism in an ever-changing industry. The lively discussion provided space for panelists to share their struggles in the industry and offer room for genuine advice for those wanting to work in radio.
Sam Cornish was Boston’s first poet laureate and a guide and mentor to generations of young voices as a longtime Emerson faculty member.
Ms. Elma Ina Lewis ’43 was one of Boston’s most important Black female luminaries in the arts, education, and civil rights work.
Throughout Black History Month, we’ll be highlighting historic Black Emersonians who, over the past century, have planted the seeds of justice through their contributions to the arts and communication.