Wichita State University’s Wilma Moore-Black has been invited to speak at a Gordon Parks tribute luncheon during the National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair Day, Aug. 6, in Minneapolis, Minn.
Moore-Black, a seasoned journalist and continuing education advocate who is associate director of WSU’s Communication Upward Bound program, will speak during the Gordon Parks Tribute Newsmaker Lunch & Learn session at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
The annual convention and career fair will take place Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 5-9, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, with the 90-minute Gordon Parks Tribute Newsmaker Lunch & Learn session, featuring Moore-Black, taking place on Thursday, Aug. 6.
Moore-Black is a familiar face in area journalism, having worked at The Wichita Eagle and Beacon (now the Wichita Eagle), as a KAKE-TV consumer advocate and reporter. At the luncheon session, she will share her memories and highlights of Parks’ career as a preeminent artist who achieved success as a poet, novelist, composer, film director, photojournalist and fashion photographer, and the legacy he left for African Americans and all people worldwide. WSU houses the Gordon Parks Papers, the definitive collection and archive of the Kansas-born artist’s works.
The luncheon will also feature a recent report on diversity done by the UCLA Ralph Bunche Center. On Thursday and Friday, Aug. 6 and 7, the event organizers will screen two of Park’s films, “Solomon Northrup’s Odyssey: 12 Years a Slave” and “The Learning Tree.”
Proceeds from the convention support the NABJ Scholarship Fund and help the organization provide travel and lodging for college students studying broadcast, print and other media-related fields.