Join us at the Blockson Collection to celebrate the launch of Philadelphia Legacies Week, an annual event honoring people who have made important contributions to Philadelphia. We will also unveil portraits for this year’s award winners: journalists Trudy Haynes and Acel Moore.
Trudy Haynes was one of the country’s first female reporters, the first Black female TV reporter and the first African American TV weather reporter. She started reporting in 1963 in Detroit, but made her name in Philadelphia starting in 1965 as a reporter for KYW-3. In her prime, she interviewed tons of celebrities, including a few Presidents and even Dr. Martin Luther King (twice). She has a long esteemed history, many high profile interviews and awards, including two Lifetime Achievement Awards and an Emmy.
Acel Moore began his career with the Philadelphia Inquirer as a copy clerk in 1962. In 1964, he became an editorial clerk, and from 1968 to 1981, he worked as a staff writer. In 1974, Moore and Reggie Bryant hosted a television show called Black Perspectives on the News on Philadelphia’s WHYY public television. In 1977, Moore won the Pulitzer Prize for local investigative reporting for his series on abuse of inmates at Fairview State Hospital. From 1980 to 1989, Moore served on the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley and administered the school’s summer program for minority journalists; he was also a journalism instructor at Temple University and Florida A&M University as well as journalism consultant to several universities.
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