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Press coverage of civil rights era subject of talk

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, 4:30 p.m. 16 Robertson Hall

Hank Klibanoff and Gene Roberts, authors of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle and the Awakening of a Nation," are presenting a talk by the same name at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in 16 Robertson Hall.

The book is the story of how the nation's press, after decades of ignoring the problem, came to recognize the importance of the civil rights struggle and turn it into the most significant domestic news event of the 20th century.

Klibanoff is the managing editor for news at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is a former deputy managing editor for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and was a reporter for The Boston Globe and several newspapers in Mississippi.

Roberts, currently a professor at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, is a former managing editor of The New York Times and executive editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, which won 17 Pulitzer Prizes during his editorship.

This event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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