race relations

Former N.Y. Times editor tells his truth in black and white

Book Review
My Times in Black and White, Gerald M. Boyd,
Lawrence Hill Books, February 2010

By Wayne Dawkins

Gerald Boyd was only 56 when he died in fall 2006 after a battle with lung cancer. He was a black pioneer – the first of his race to appear on the masthead of the New York Times – with a long, distinguished newspaper career.

Boyd’s two-decade ascension at the Times as Washington correspondent, metro editor and managing editor crashed after the spring 2003 Jayson Blair scandal.

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