On this day in Alabama history: Cynthia Tucker was born in Monroeville

On this day in Alabama history: Cynthia Tucker was born in Monroeville
Journalist and Monroeville native Cynthia Tucker sits in front of the Monroe County Heritage Museum with her mother, Mary Tucker, a former high school English teacher. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of The Birmingham News)

March 13, 1955

African-American journalist Cynthia Tucker Haynes was born in Monroeville. Tucker attended segregated public schools in Alabama and graduated from Auburn University before joining the staff of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), where she became editorial page editor in 1990. Since 1991, she has written a weekly syndicated column titled “As I See It,” which reflects her liberal political philosophy and appears in more than 70 newspapers. In 2007, she received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for her work at the AJC in 2006, including the columns “Living Proof of Immigration’s Marvelousness” and “Poor Little Big Man’s Pity Party,” a critique of Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell. Tucker was a finalist for the same award in 2004 and 2006.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

Journalist Cynthia Tucker poses at the Monroeville ice cream establishment that she was forbidden to visit as a child because of its segregationist practices. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of The Birmingham News)

 

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