Harry McAlpin- Black Pioneer

Aisha Nicole

Harry McAlpin- 1944
Reporter Harry McAlpin leaving the White House after a press conference in 1944. 


On February 8, 1944 he attended his first presidential press conference and was greeted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who shook his hand and said, "I'm glad to see you, McAlpin, and very happy to have you here.”

Although accredited at the White House, McAlpin was rejected when he applied for a congressional press pass.

He was posthumously honored by the White House Correspondents Association at their May 3, 2014 dinner.

The WHCA created a scholarship in his memory, and former President Barack Obama noted his pioneering journalism.



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