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February 23, 2001

Observer publisher talks at CSUS

William Lee, publisher of The Observer - the number one African American newspaper in Sacramento - will be the keynote speaker at the annual Carter G. Woodson lecture at noon, Feb. 28 in the University Union.

Lee, a CSUS alumnus and a member of the University's Community Advisory Board, was one of the founding editors of The Observer.

The Observer, first published in November 1962, soon became the fastest growing publication in the history of Black journalism.

The publication picked up unprecedented speed in the '70s, and received various recognitions for its outstanding coverage of African Americans. The newspaper has received numerous awards including the prestigious A. Philip Randolph Messenger Award for outstanding Civil Rights journalism, as well as receiving the John B. Russwurm award for journalism excellence six times.

Lee says the key words in the history of The Observer have been "courage" and "dedication."

"Publishing a newspaper is certainly not one of the easiest tasks in the world, but it has to be one of the most exciting," says Lee.

For more information about the lecture call (916) 278-5363. Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

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