A writer-editor-teacher’s quote of the week #65

“Meanwhile, the more established editors liked what they saw on the editorial pages of the [Charlotte] News and reached out to young [Harry] Ashmore. At the time, there were about a dozen liberal newspapers in the South, and their editors formed a tight-knit fraternity that was always on the lookout for kindred spirits. At his first meeting of the American Society of Newspaper Editors in spring of 1946, Ashmore got to know Virginius Dabney and established an immediate kinship that they quickly reinforced with correspondence that would continue for years. Another close relationship, with Mark Ethridge, also developed from an editors’ meeting. Skillful raconteurs, they charmed each other with stories from the South’s political wars. The old lions of progressive thought in journalism delighted in knowing that their lineage would remain strong with Ashmore.”

– from the chapter “Southern Editors in a Time of Ferment” in The Race Beat: The Press, The Civil Rights Struggle, and The Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff

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