Charlayne Hunter-Gault will headline the Speakeasy Series on Tuesday, Sept. 18, as the Granary Gallery and State Road Restaurant, in collaboration with the West Tisbury Library Foundation Inc., continue the series of intimate evenings with noted authors to benefit the library’s capital campaign. In addition to hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments, each Speakeasy offers an unparalleled chance to mingle and speak with an author in person.
Charlayne Hunter-Gault, with more than 40 years in the industry, has extended her work at various times to all media. She will discuss her latest of three books, “To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement,” a historical narrative for young readers grade nine and up, published in 2012 by The New York Times and Roaring Brook Press. Her other two books are “New News Out of Africa: Uncovering the African Renaissance,” Oxford University Press and “In My Place,” a memoir of the Civil Rights Movement, fashioned around her experiences as the first black woman to attend the University of Georgia, published by Farrar Strauss and Giroux and in paperback by Vintage Press.
In 2005, she returned to National Public Radio as a Special Correspondent after six years as CNN’s Johannesburg bureau chief and correspondent. She joined CNN in April 1999 from NPR, where she worked as the network’s chief correspondent in Africa and was awarded a Peabody in 1998 for her coverage of the continent. Ms. Hunter-Gault joined NPR in 1997 after 20 years with PBS, where she worked as a national correspondent for “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.”
She began her journalism career as a reporter for The New Yorker; then worked as a local news anchor for WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.; and as the Harlem bureau chief for The New York Times. She is currently Africa Bureau Chief for Essence magazine and on the board of and a frequent contributor to The Root.
Ms. Hunter-Gault is a sought-after public speaker. Her numerous honors include two Emmy awards and two other Peabody awards — the first for her work on “Apartheid’s People,” a News Hour series about South African life during apartheid. In August 2005, she was inducted in the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame. In 2010, she received the D.C. Choral Arts Society Humanitarian Award, and in 2011 she was honored with both the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award and the W. Haywood Burns Award from New York’s Neighborhood Defender Service.
Ms. Hunter-Gault is married to businessman Ronald T. Gault, and she has two adult children, Suesan, an artist and Chuma, an actor. Ms. Hunter-Gault divides her time between two homes – one in Johannesburg, South Africa, the other on Martha’s Vineyard.
Speakeasy Series with Charlayne Hunter Gault, 5:30 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 18, Granary Gallery, Old County Road, West Tisbury. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be served. $75. Space is limited, so early booking is advised. For more information, or to make reservations, call Carol Brush at 508-693-3489.