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Robyn McGee

journalist, radio broadcaster, and founder of Calvin's News Service, was born in Washington,-Arkansas, to Joseph Edward and Hattie Ann (Mitchell). Calvin attended the Rural School in Clow, Arkansas, until the seventh grade. From 1916 to 1920 he attended Shover State Teacher Training College in Arkansas, and from 1920 to 1921 he was enrolled at Townsend Harris Hall, City College in New York City.

In 1922, shortly after leaving City College, Calvin was hired by the labor activist A. Philip Randolph as the associate editor of The Messenger magazine. The Messenger—the third most popular magazine of the Harlem Renaissance, after The Crisis and Opportunity—had been founded in 1917 by Randolph and the economist Chandler Owen to advance the cause of socialism to the black masses. They believed that a socialist society was the only one that would be free from racism. The Messenger contained poetry stories and ...


Firouzeh Dianat

journalist, television host, producer, writer, and editor, was born Ponchitta Marie Ann Vincent Pierce in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Alfred Leonard Pierce, a plasterer and contractor, and Nora Vincent Pierce, a teacher. She was educated through elementary school in New Orleans. From her mother Pierce inherited “a desire to reach out to people and work to improve the life of others” (Smith, 526). Her father imparted to her a “healthy dose of realism in terms of how to conduct a business” (Smith, 526). Through four years of schooling in a Catholic all-girl high school in Los Angeles, California, Pierce fell in love with books and writing. As a University of Southern California student, Pierce wrote for the student newspaper. She also spent a summer of studying at England's Cambridge University in 1962 She received a BA degree cum laude in Journalism ...