Women in the the Visual Arts and Literature

Ethel L. Payne

37-cent Ethel L. Payne stamp
This 37-cent Ethel L. Payne stamp was issued September 14, 2002.

Ethel L. Payne (1911-1991), a top journalist of the twentieth century, reported on many issues relating to race relations and segregation. Payne started out as a columnist for the African American newspaper, the Chicago Defender, and covered the racial segregation of troops in Vietnam. She then went on to become the first African American woman to work for CBS and be a White House correspondent in 1972.