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A Celebration of Black Excellence

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Announcing the Carmen Fields Collection

The Salem State University Foundation, Inc. and Salem State Alumni of Color Collective invite you to a reception honoring Carmen Fields '92H for her contribution of books by Black authors to the Salem State University Library. 

Kindly RSVP by May 1 to or 978.542.2293
Join us for food, drinks and a showcase of Black Excellence at Salem State.

In 2021, journalist Carmen Fields donated an extensive collection of books by Black authors to the Salem State University Library. Highlights of the collection include several signed, first-editions of work by authors such as Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, Colin Powell, and Muhammad Ali. The collection also features paperback copies that will be available for students to borrow by authors such as Zora Neale Hurston, August Wilson, Jamaica Kincaid, Octavia Butler, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Barack Obama, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. 

Carmen Fields ‘92H is an Emmy award-winning local TV news host and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. For 24 years, Fields has hosted and produced the long-running monthly public affairs show Higher Ground for WHDH-TV Channel 7 in Boston. Her career began in 1973 when she became one of only two female Black reporters for the Boston Globe. She was part of the Globe team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of Boston's court-ordered busing plan to desegregate schools in 1975. A native of Tulsa, Okla., Fields earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Lincoln University in Missouri and a Master of Science degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University. In 1992 she received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Salem State University. 

When 6:00pm
Berry Library and Learning Commons, North Campus
4 College Drive, Salem, MA 01970
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