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Journalism Scholarship Established in Memory of Mississippi Publisher Tisdale

The Charles Tisdale Memorial Scholarship is being
established by the Jackson Association of Black Journalists, the president of
the organization announced Friday.

“We talked with his wife Alice and we just felt as
African American journalists that the black press is the genesis of where we
started. We want to foster that legacy as Mississippi’s
oldest-African American newspaper,” said Kevin Richardson, president of
JABJ and business editor at The Clarion-Ledger newspaper.

Tisdale, owner and publisher of the Jackson Advocate, died
July 7. He was 80.

Richardson said the first scholarship will be awarded in the
spring of 2008 to any black student attending a Mississippi college or
university and pursuing studies in journalism, communications and media. He
said the nonprofit organization plans to award a $500 scholarship.

Tisdale took over the newspaper in the late-1970s, and was
an outspoken critic of elected officials, both black and white.

Tisdale’s public viewing was held Friday and was scheduled
from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday in
the Rose Embly McCoy Auditorium at Jackson State University. The funeral will
be held there at 5 p.m. Saturday.

– Associated Press

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