As a journalist for the Tri-State Defender in Memphis and the Baltimore Afro-American newspapers, Moses Newson covered almost every major event of the civil rights era. His stories included the 1955 Emmett Till murder trial in Mississippi; school desegregations in Hoxie, Ark. (1955), Clinton, Tenn. (1956) and at Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. (1957); and the desegregation of the University of Mississippi in 1962. Newson was one of only two reporters aboard the CORE Freedom Ride bus that was fire bombed in Anniston, Ala., on Mother’s Day, May 14, 1961. He has reported from four United States political conventions. He also covered news in Nigeria, South Africa, Panama, Cuba and Jamaica, as well as the Bahamas independence. Newson holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Lincoln University School of Journalism in Jefferson City, Mo. He also attended Storer College in Harpers Ferry, W. Va. Newson co-authored “Fighting for Fairness: The Life Story of Hall of Fame Sportswriter Sam Lacy.” Originally from Fruitland Park, Fla., Newson now lives in Baltimore, Md. with his wife, Lucille. They have four children.
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