Tracing Gerald’s Steps: St. Louis and Mizzou
As Zach and I barreled west on I-70 from St. Louis to Columbia, Mo., I smiled at the thought of tracing the path that Gerald took countless times from home to University of Missouri, where he majored in journalism and poli-sci. I was nervous though I had no reason to be; I wanted to represent [...][continue reading...]
“… [Boyd] reflects on a life — a remarkable Horatio Alger-like rise from “stifling poverty” to a senior post among the newspaper’s “succession of greats,” ending with a swift fall — whose meaning eludes him. This book, published posthumously, is an attempt to come to terms with that life, and particularly with the role race [...]
“… could America’s greatest newspaper really be led by such vicious, untrustworthy people? That’s one of many questions one is left with upon reading Gerald Boyd’s angry yet thoughtful post-humous memoir detailing his rise through the hierarchy of The New York Times.
Times reporter Mia Navarro on “My Times in Black and White:” “It is highly personal, damning in its observations of some of his former colleagues and powerful in its insights into the perils of being successful and black.”
The DC region was still reeling from its second major snowstorm in just days, but many intrepid souls trudged across the tundra to hear about Gerald and “My Times in Black and White.”
Phillip Dixon, chair of Howard University’s department of journalism in the John H. Johnson School of Communication, joined me on Friday, Feb. 12, [...]
By Zachary Boyd
On Wednesday February 17, at the Gaines Oldham Black Culture Center at the University of Missouri, my Mom, Robin D. Stone, talked and shared stories and times about my Dad, Gerald M. Boyd.
More than 100 Mizzou students (many from the School of Journalism– so many that they ran out of chairs!) packed the [...]
My Times in Black and White: Race and Power at The New York Times is the moving story of the hard-won rise and devastating fall of journalist Gerald M. Boyd, who rose from childhood poverty to become the first black managing editor of the New York Times.
After a career of many firsts, Boyd shattered the color barrier of the white establishment’s most exclusive media giant. But his dream of running a major newspaper came to an abrupt end when he was forced to resign in 2003 in the wake of scandal over a reporter who had plagiarized and fabricated news stories.
Continue Gerald’s legacy by contributing to the Gerald M. Boyd Politics and Press Responsibility Endowment Fund at the University of Missouri.