Pioneer Tampa journalist will speak for 2017 Griot Drum Awards

The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists  is hosting their annual Griot Drum Awards will be held on Thursday, November 9th at 7 pm at the Florida Aquarium, located at 701 Channelside Drive in Tampa. A 6pm tour of the Aquarium is also included in the ticket price.

The event pays tribute to journalist’s coverage of the African American community in Tampa Bay and awards scholarships to some of the best and brightest journalism students in the area.

This year Attorney Jeraldine Willaims, a Tampa native, is the keynote speaker.

Williams has amassed a number of accolades throughout her illustrious career. One of the most notable… she was among the first 14 black students overall to graduate from the University of Florida and the first black in journalism at UF.

Throughout her life, Williams has won a number of awards, including the Hearst National Award in 1967 (First Black in the country),  UF Alumnus of Distinction in 1988, Centennial Alumnus Recognition in 2000, Recognition as UF Integrator in 2010 and was honored by the Hearst Foundation in 2012.

Attorney Williams graduated from the Florida State University Law School and received her MBA from Clark-Atlanta.  Her professional career includes successes in law, government, finance and media… which includes writing for Ebony Magazine in South Africa, the then St. Petersburg Times, the Florida Sentinel-Bulletin and as owner and publisher of the Capitol Outlook Weekly Newspaper in Tallahassee Florida.

On Thursday, November 9th at 7 pm at the Florida Aquarium, you can hear from this Tampa native about her journalism background, career in law and government and close relationship with late South African President Nelson Mandela.

For ticket information, log on to www.tbabj.com  or called (813) 310-8134 for more info.



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