Tuesday, 2 March, 2010 10:30 PM
Press Editor Robin D. Stone to hold book reading, discussion
and signing on March 6
Times in Black and White: Race and Power at the New York Times
-- Former Free Press editor Robin D. Stone will
be at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on
Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. to read, discuss, and sign copies of
My Times in Black and White: Race and Power at the New York
Times, the provocative new memoir written by her late husband,
Gerald M. Boyd.
penned the book's afterword, calls Boyd's story a success story.
"The story traces Gerald's rise in journalism," she says
of Boyd, who was forced to resign from the New York Times in 2006
as managing editor in the wake of the Jayson Blair plagiarism scandal
that engulfed the paper that spring. Boyd died of complications
from lung cancer in November 2006.
people say it's a sad story, that it's a tragedy," Stone says.
"People assumed that because Gerald was black, he was helping
this young, black reporter, when he wasn't." Regardless of
the false association, she asserts, "Gerald was a success."
a draft, but Stone saw getting the manuscript published and promoting
it as "finishing this chapter."
was important to allow him to tell the truth as he saw it,"
writes about the role of race, about negative experiences related
to race, and about using journalism as a tool for greater racial
and social understanding," Stone says. "But that doesn't
mean he saw journalism through a lens of race."
the challenges, she adds, Boyd navigated this corporate, high-powered
field. My Times in Black and White goes beyond journalism,
she says; no matter where they work, people can find lessons in
how Boyd achieved success.
to the challenges facing journalists today: "The field is changing.
The news industry has been contracting; there are fewer opportunities
than there were a few years ago. But to cover diverse communities
effectively, news organizations still must be diverse."
part of what her late husband was all about, she says. "He
promoted diversity among blacks, Latinos, gays, women, whites,"
she says. "He promoted diversity of thought."
Christiansen, a former Detroit Free Press editorial writer,
will also join in the discussion.
more information on the book, visit www.mytimesinblackandwhite.com.
Free Driving Directions to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African