Clayton State University student Iesha Little (Morrow), who was awarded the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists Xernona Clayton Scholarship last year, will be honored at the 29th Atlanta Association of Black Journalists’ Award Luncheon on Sunday Apr. 3, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Park Tavern in Atlanta.
U.S. Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) and media executive Clayton will be featured speakers. Lewis, a lifelong advocate of civil liberties, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s event. Lewis played a major role in passing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and contributed his efforts in securing equality and desegregation in America.
Clayton is a civil rights leader and broadcasting executive. In 1968, she became the first southern African American female to host a daily prime time talk show. The show was broadcast on WAGA-TV in Atlanta and would eventually be renamed the Xernona Clayton Show. In recognition of her contribution to broadcasting, her community and the nation, the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists named its scholarship in her honor and annually presents the Xernona Clayton Scholarship to a student pursuing a career in communications who aspires to become a future leader in the journalism industry.
Little, a Political Science major with a minor in Communications & Media Studies, submitted several examples and wrote an essay about "What does the newsroom of the future look like?” She received the top award, which was a $2,000 scholarship towards her education.
“Winning this award means that I truly have the ability to do whatever it is I wish to do in life,” Little says. “All I have to do is go for it, because that's exactly what I did to receive this scholarship. I put everything I was thinking, every idea that I had into action.”
After graduation in 2012, Little plans on attending law school.
Little is president and executive producer for Clayton State Television, and a member of AmeriCorps (a national service organization). She is also a 2010 Laker Orientation Leader, as well as a journalist for Delta Sigma Theta.