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Garland, Phyl 1935-2006 (Phyllis T. Garland)

Garland, Phyl 1935-2006 (Phyllis T. Garland)


See index for CA sketch: Born October 27, 1935, in McKeesport, PA; died of cancer, November 7, 2006, in New York, NY. Journalist, educator, and author. A former newspaper reporter and editor for Ebony magazine, Garland became the first tenured female professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. A graduate of Northwestern University, she was a reporter and then editor for the Pittsburgh Courier from 1955 until 1965. The timing was right for her to cover the civil rights movement and other racial issues, and her writing earned her a Golden Quill Award in 1962. Moving on to Ebony magazine, she was an editor there through the 1960s. Garland was interested in popular music, too, which led to her first book, The Sound of Soul: The Story of Black Music (1969). She would later also write Michael: In Concert, with Friends, at Play (1984). Garland left journalism to join the State University of New York faculty, where she was professor of black studies and chaired her department. She moved to Columbia University in 1973, where she was promoted to full professor in 1989 and retired in 2004.



Los Angeles Times, November 14, 2006, p. B10.

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