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White House Correspondents’ Association to Honor Harry McAlpin

Pioneering Black Newsman In The White House Belatedly Gets His Due

Harry McAlpin honored by the White House Correspondents' Association. 

The White House Correspondents' Association will name a college scholarship this year in honor of the first Black journalist to cover a presidential news conference. For Harry McAlpin, the recognition is 70 years overdue.

McAlpin, a correspondent for the Atlanta Daily World, covered his first Oval Office press conference in 1944 over the objection of the Correspondents' Association. At the time, the association was an all-White club and for years it blocked Black journalists from attending. Franklin Roosevelt agreed to admit McAlpin to a news conference after meeting with frustrated leaders of the Negro Newspaper Publishers Association. But there were limits to the doors even Roosevelt could open

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