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The Local Take Women's History Month Spotlight: Henrietta Spearman

This month on The Local Take, we are highlighting women who have made history and women who are making history.  This week we speak with Henrietta Spearman, the first African American woman to work as a photojournalist at the Atlanta Journal and Constitution.  

After graduating from Georgia State with a degree in broadcast journalism, Spearman took a job as a "copy carrier" at the Atlanta Journal and Constitution.  She began writing stories and was eventually assigned to cover the "In-Town" beat.  

Because there were limited photographers to go out with reporters and she was often without an assigned photographer she began bringing her own camera daily. If there was not an available photographer she'd take the photographs to accompany her stories. 

She speaks about Renee Hannah the first African American woman photographer at the AJC who gave her tips and taught her how to use her camera.  

After leaving the AJC, Spearman became the third African American columnist at the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Currently she is the Chief Operations Office of Savvy Sentences, Inc., a small woman-owned creative writing firm.  For more information on Henrietta Spearman


Henrietta Spearman was the third African American woman to have a column in The Atlanta Business Chronicle