Black Journalists Honor the Future of their Profession

pictured above: Scholarship /winner: Gabriella S.Hall

Carl R. Allen Memorial Scholarship to be presented Oct. 5 to Gabriella Hall

The Buffalo Association of Black Journalists will hold its annual Carl R. Allen Memorial Scholarship Luncheon on Oct. 5. The annual event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 701 E. Delavan Ave.

The luncheon and scholarship honor the trailblazing journalism of award-winning Buffalo News reporter Carl R. Allen. A Buffalo native, Allen reported comprehensively on issues of significance to the African American community. He died in 1999.

This year’s theme is “The Griot Renaissance: Black Journalists in the New Buffalo.” The keynote speaker, Dr. Anthony Neal, an associate professor in political science at SUNY Buffalo State, will explore bridging the gap from the oral tradition of Africa to today’s American journalism, in order to empower the community.  Daughters of Creative Sound will perform.

This year’s recipient of the Carl R. Allen Memorial Scholarship is Gabriella S. Hall. A check for $1,000 will be presented to Hall during the event. A City Honors School graduate and University at Buffalo freshman, Hall is pursuing a dual major in communications and sociology, with a minor in journalism. “As a mixed-race Black woman and first-generation college student,” Hall wrote in her BABJ scholarship submission, she seeks to “write redefining articles and pieces that challenge social constructs about race and the systems by which colored youth often feel oppressed by and excluded from.”

The Carl R. Allen Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists, the Buffalo Newspaper Guild, and The Buffalo News. Tickets are still available for $35 at Eventbrite, from any BABJ member, or by calling 849-5598. For sponsorship or advertising opportunities, call 444-6464.

     Founded in 1999, the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists is the local chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. The BABJ provides innovative programs, training, career services and advocacy for black and brown journalists in the Buffalo area.