Trailblazer by Dorothy Butler Gilliam


Dorothy Butler Gilliam, whose 50-year-career as a journalist put her in the forefront of the fight for social justice, offers a comprehensive view of racial relations and the media in the U.S. Most civil rights victories are achieved behind the scenes, and this riveting, beautifully written memoir by a "black first" looks back with searing insight on the decades of struggle, friendship, courage, humor and savvy that secured what seems commonpla...

Details Trailblazer

Release DateJan 8th, 2019
PublisherCenter Street
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, History, Writing, Journalism, Feminism

Reviews Trailblazer

  • Sharon
    I am always surprised when I read about a "first" these days ... first black female neurosurgeon candidate was the most recent (never mind that we're so far from parity/equality that it's absurd that these things still happen). Dorothy Butler Gilliam was also a "first" - the first black female reporter at the Washington Post. Having come from covering the Little Rock Nine for one of the country's leading black newspapers, she brought with her a l...
  • SundayAtDusk
    Growing up in the South during the Jim Crow era, certainly left Dorothy Butler Gilliam well aware of what it was like to be considered a second-class citizen. Her family, church and community, however, left her well aware that she was loved, was a valuable person, and could succeed in life. Add to that Mrs. Gilliam's burning ambition, and you have a woman who started knocking down barriers in the field of journalism, beginning in the 1960s. After...
  • R.E. Conary
    Dorothy Butler Gilliam’s memoir is not a straightforward narrative. It wanders back and forth in time and space as each chapter recalls a compelling aspect of her life and the world around her. She writes a personal history of being black and a woman as both a reporter and as one affected by the attitudes and incidents of the times. Her stories can be sad, uplifting, harrowing and amusing. It’s a good look at how much things have changed, but...
  • Ken
    Having witnessed the civil rights movement firsthand Dorothy Butler Gilliam's novel shows one woman's strength and perseverance during America's continued ethnocentrism is extremely informative. While I've seen 180-degree changes in numerous areas, I find the overall movement of racial inequality has been stymied by the current presidential administration and policies that have set the progress backward. Dorothy represents everything good in a hu...
  • Maxine
    Forging through the timesMs. Gilliam shares her experience as the first African American woman in the newspaper business at the Washington Post. She accurately overlays the many changes in the American society for African Americans. Ms. Gilliam acknowledges the many people who supported her during her career and offers other supports in her life which brought her peace and joy.
  • Carol
    Please see my review on Amazon. com under C. Wong. Thank you,
  • Scott
    Another super important book about the work being done to improve diversity in journalism and the people we owe a debt of gratitude.