Women’s History Month has been celebrated all week at Jackson State University with a variety of events. The theme of Women’s Emphasis week has been “I’m Every Woman.” Tonight, one of the most influential women of the journalism world will speak at JSU. Susan L. Taylor is the editor-in-chief emerita of Essence Magazine, a publication targeted to African-American women. Like millions of women, I was a loyal subscriber to Essence. One of my favorite sections was her column “In the Spirit”, which always gave me inspiration. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Taylor on two occasions when I worked as a tv reporter in New York and can tell you she is a truly phenomenal and visionary woman. In 2005 Taylor created the National CARES Mentoring Movement, an organization focused on increasing the high school graduation rate of African-American students.
Taylor is also the author of four books. Her address is entitled: “Bold, Visionary Leadership: From the Inside Out.” Tonight’s event will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the JSU Student Center Ballroom and is free and open to the public.