A Civil Rights Conversation with Carol Booker

For immediate release                                  Contact:    Ed Barks
Tuesday, November 24, 2020                                        (540) 955-0600



A new C-suite Blueprint Radio offering features a conversation with Carol Booker. The interview was released for broadcast today.

She is the widow of Simeon Booker, the legendary reporter who was among the first to shine a light on civil rights injustices in the 1950s. Together, they wrote Shocking the Conscience, which draws upon Simeon Booker’s first-hand reports telling the story of how the civil rights movement changed America. His goal was to attract the attention not only of the black press, but of the white, mainstream media as well.

“Listeners would be well-advised to absorb her take on where journalism stands today and where it is headed,” said the program’s host, Barks Communications President Ed Barks.

Highlights of the conversation include:

  • Parallels between the dangers Simeon Booker encountered and those faced by today’s journalists.
  • The significance of Mound Bayou, Mississippi, a little-recognized yet pivotal turning point in the struggle against racism.
  • Carol Booker’s reaction to the outrageous, Stalin-like claim that the press is the “enemy of the people.”
  • Why there is reason to be optimistic about the future of journalism.

Carol Booker also connects the dots between Simeon’s experiences in the 1950s and today’s Black Lives Matter movement.

Barks encourages listeners to “add your voice to the dialogue” by commenting on the C-suite Blueprint blog.

He also invites suggestions for communications or government relations experts who would make intriguing C-suite Blueprint Radio guests.

Ed Barks serves as an advisor to communications executives to improve their companies’ messages and how they deliver them, and to government relations executives who want to reach their public policy goals. They gain an enhanced reputation, more opportunities for career advancement, and achievement of long-term business and public policy goals. He is the author of three books: Reporters Don’t Hate You: 100+ Amazing Media Relations Strategies, A+ Strategies for C-Suite Communications: Turning Today’s Leaders into Tomorrow’s Influencers, and The Truth About Public Speaking: The Three Keys to Great Presentations. As President of Barks Communications, he has taught more than 5500 business leaders, association executives, and other experts how to succeed when they deal with the media, deliver presentations, and advocate before policymakers.