Richard Taylor (COM’73) becomes Boston University’s first Rhodes Scholar. In 1973, he serves as a guest attendee at a dinner dedicated to incoming black students to BU.

Noted journalist Ida Elizabeth Lewis (CGS’54, COM’56) became the first editor-in-chief of “Essence” magazine and later founded “Encore: American & Worldwide News,” making her the first black woman to publish a national magazine. She became the first woman editor-in-chief of “Crisis,” the magazine of the NAACP, in 1998.

She shifted to public relations in the 1980s, working as a media consultant on several major political campaigns, including Ross Perot’s presidential bid in 1992, and returned to journalism in 1998, when she became the first female editor-in-chief of the NAACP magazine The Crisis, at 95 years old the country’s oldest African-American journal.

Lewis, who studied journalism at COM and graduated in 1956 is recipient of a 1999 Distinguished Alumni Award.


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