As a young journalist in the 1950s, Carl T. Rowan covered the emerging civil rights movement, and its leaders, including people like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.
The reputation he built came to the attention of President John F. Kennedy, who, in 1961, name Rowan to a high level position in the State Department.
And in 1963, Kennedy appointed Rowan ambassador to Finland.
Row and remain in the government for three years after Kennedy’s assassination, before resuming what would be a long and acclaimed journalism career.
I first met him in 1991, what he wrote a memoir called Breaking Barriers.
In this interview, you’ll also hear a reference to “thje gun incident” — in 1988 Rowan confronted an intruder at his home, and shot and wounded him with what turned out to be an unregistered handgun.
So here now, from 1991, Carl T. Rowan.
Carl T, Rowan died in 2000, at age 75.
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