BR native serves as voice for minorities on CNN

Olivia Williams

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Black people are making history everyday, especially in the media. Don Carlton Lemon is on of the most prominent journalists in America and hosts CNN Tonight. Lemon is not only and advocate for black rights, but for LGBTQ rights, especially for people of color.He was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and attended Baker High School while BRHS consular Susie Sowell worked there. After graduating, he enrolled at LSU, but didn’t his studies there. Instead, he moved to New York  to pursue a job in the broadcast journalism field. He graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in broadcast journalism. Before finding his home at CNN, Lemon was an anchor for channels in Montgomery, Alabama and Philadelphia Pennsylvania. As the nightly anchor for CNN, Lemon has been more outspoken and controversial than ever. In one of his first broadcasts for 2018 in January, he opened with “This is CNN Tonight, I’m Don Lemon. The president of the United States is racist.” His voice has served as s critical representation for black and queer communities alike, giving both minorities a voice on the big screen. Lemon is a hometown hero for Baton Rouge and represents the growing trend of success for black people in the media.

 

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