Alice Allison Dunnigan

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Alice Allison Dunnigan was the first female African American journalist to receive white house credentials and also became the chief of the Washington Bureau for the Associated Negro Press. She was acknowledged in the Kentucky State Historical Commision and Kentucky Hall of Fame for achievements as a civil rights activist and journalist.

Not only did she mark a progression for African American women but she was also the first African American journalist to accompany the president while traveling. Dunnigan was one of the two first women in the White House press corps. Despite the significant pressure of sexism and racism associated around her job, she was able to cover some of the biggest events of her time.

Dunnigan often pressed question regarding the Civil Rights movement and the decline of Jim Crow laws while covering the White House as well as during the campaign of President Harry Truman. She continuously made efforts to inform the African American community during the struggle for Civil Rights.

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