By Raymond Jallow, PhD
Last Saturday the world of journalism lost Helen Thomas. A tenacious journalist who stood her ground in asking the toughest questions to the presiding U.S. President in his White House and in front of the watching millions of Americans, as well as the world at large.
She served her country well. She advanced the profession of journalism. She gave encouragements to dozens of young women journalists. She wrote six books and an untold number of articles and stories. She fought for her beliefs no matter the consequences.
I have met with Helen on a dozen occasions, attended some of her appearances, and read some of her books. I have watched her journalistic performance at the White House Press Room with her colleague reporters questioning members of the Cabinet and sometimes the President himself.
There is no doubt in my mind that she was the winner regardless of the fight-back from members of the Administration.
I invite you to join me to celebrate the life of Helen Thomas. May God receive her in his vast heavens and give the Thomas family patience.