Lecture: An Evening With Legendary Pulitzer-Winning Journalist Les Payne

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Keynote speaker Les Payne


Friday, April 25, 2014   Doors Open at 6:30 PM

JOHN HENRIK CLARKE HOUSE, 286 Convent Avenue, Harlem, NY 10031

Admission Free Call 347-907-0629 to RSVP

Legendary Journalist Les Payne joins, Bernard White, Milton Allimadi, Nat Wood, James McIntosh and Betty Dopson and members of The Alliance of Progressive Black Journalists  in a discussion of Black Media at  John Henrik Clarke House located at 286 Convent Avenue in Harlem.

Brother Payne will keynote the discussion from his unique perspective of having served for years as a columnist and editor at a major mass market newspaper.

Brief Biography of  Brother Les Payne: Journalist and author Les Payne was born on July 12, 1941 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. As a child, Payne was always interested in writing. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1964 with B.A. degree in English. Serving six years in the United States Army, Payne worked as an Army journalist and wrote speeches for General William C. Westmoreland. While on assignment in Vietnam, he ran the Army’s newspaper, and when he was discharged, he had attained the rank of captain.

Payne joined Newsday in the late 1960s, serving as the associate managing editor for the paper’s national, science, and international news. In 1968, as an investigative reporter, Payne covered the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther, Jr., and in the 1970s, he covered the Black Panther Party. He won a Pulitzer Prize for The Heroin Trail in 1974, which was a Newsday series in 33 parts that traced the international flow of heroin from the poppy fields of Turkey to the veins of drug addicts in New York City. Later, it became a published book.

He also covered the Symbionese Liberation Army and authored The Life and Death of the Symbionese Liberation Army. As a Newsday correspondent, Payne reported extensively from Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and the United Nations. During the 1976 Soweto uprising, he traveled throughout South Africa and wrote a series that was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in foreign reporting. Payne is also responsible for Newsday’s Queens edition, whose news staffs have won every major award in journalism, including three Pulitzer Prizes. He is also a columnist for the Tribune Media Services.

As one of the founders and former presidents of the National Association of Black Journalists, Payne has worked to improve media fairness and employment practices. He is also the Inaugural Professor for the David Laventhol Chair at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Payne has received several awards including the United Nations’ World Hunger Media Award, and three Unity Awards for investigative reporting. In 1990, he won cable television’s highest honor, the Ace Award, for an interview with Mayor David Dinkins on Les Payne’s New York Journal. In addition, he is a recipient of two honorary doctorate degrees from Medgar Evers College and Long Island University.

Payne resides in Harlem with his wife and children.

Friday, April 25, 2014   Doors Open at 6:30 PM

JOHN HENRIK CLARKE HOUSE, 286 Convent Avenue, Harlem, NY 10031

Admission Free Call 347-907-0629 to RSVP, Speaker Bureau


Other Upcoming Events:

On Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Lisa Noble, Professor James Small and Dr. Adelaide Sanford join Betty Dopson at CEMOTAP'CENTER located at 135-05  Rockaway Boulevard, South Ozone Park Queens NY.

Admission is Free


BEPAA Master Class: “How to Move our Boys from Gangs to College And from College Back to our Community”

Case Study: Professor James Blake, Subject of the Book “Gods Bad Boy” by Award Winning Author, Bessie Blake.

Legendary College Counselor and Community Activist Professor James Blake will tell how he used his experiences as he went from being the gang leader "Spade" of the Chaplains and went from living in a group home to meeting Malcolm X, attending College and eventually became a College Professor and the Chair of the Queens Million Man and Woman March Coordinating Committee. Along the way Blake helped hundreds of other youngsters escape the streets. He set up College Bus Tours, set up after school work programs for youngsters, street patrols, closed the strip joint in his community, mentored  youth and ran the drug dealers off his block.

He employed all kinds of tactics and tools from bats to books, truly following the advice of Malcolm X "By any means necessary.

Sunday, April 27, 2014 3:00 PM

JOHN HENRIK CLARKE HOUSE, 286 Convent Avenue Harlem, NY 10031

Admission Free Call 347-907-0629 to RSVP



Larry Hamm, founder and President of Peoples Organization for Progress, activist and organizer for human and civil rights will serve as CEMOTAP’S  honored guest speaker at its 27th Anniversary celebration on Saturday, May 3rd at 1 P.M. at the Majority Baptist Church located at Farmers Blvd and 115th Avenue in Jamaica, N.Y 11412 Also, Dr. Yosef ben Jochannan  will be awarded for his 96 years of life and his historical work in Egypt.

Dr. Arthur Lewis will respond to Hamm’s message“  Minister Clemson Brown will be recognized for his expansive documentation of the grassroots struggle.  “We invite the community to join CEMOTAP in paying tribute to our soldiers in the struggle,” Dopson urged.

Call 718 322-8454 or 347 907-0629 to RSVP or for further information.


To our valued friends and supporters: Congressman John Conyers is proposing the "National Jazz Preservation, Education, and Promulgation Act". JAZZ is our contribution to world culture and should be preserved, nurtured, and incorporated into the fabric of the education of our children.

As you know we at The December 12th Movement believe that Culture is a Weapon in our struggle for Liberation. 

Please support this national effort to raise JAZZ to its proper place in our society and come out to this fundraiser. Please RSVP at (917) 495-6979.

We look forward to seeing you.

Thank you,

Sistas' Place 

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