About Peggy M. Peterman
Peggy Peterman worked at the St. Petersburg Times for 31 years as a reporter, columnist and editorial writer. Peterman helped to desegregate the newspaper, working towards the abolition of the Negro news page in May 1967. Among her accomplishments, Peterman helped many black youths to understand their ancestry by establishing an annual Black History Pageant in 1978. After retiring from the paper in 1996, the Times created the Peggy Mitchell Peterman Scholarship to be awarded to an exceptional Florida A&M University journalism student each year, including a $5,000 award and a summer internship. In 1999, the International Women's Media Foundation awarded Peterman with the Lifetime Achievement Award, joining such media icons as Barbara Walters, Helen Thomas and Katherine Graham. In 2001, Peterman was awarded with a Human and Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association. Peterman trailblazed the path for both women and the African-American community.
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"My ambition as a journalist was always to help the public understand who and what the African-American family and culture was all about." - Peggy M. Peterman