I realized she was unique in being an African-American Woman on the television, but I didn't know she was the only African American female anchor west of the Mississippi. Or that her life was so interesting and so remote from the past I imagined. Thanks to her fortitude and inner power to overcome the racism endemic in a high-profile business she did excellent work in documentaries and interviews and captured a lot of those times--which included riots in Berkeley over the Vietnam War, the rise and violence swirling and surrounding the Black Panther movement, the Zebra and Zodiac mass murders of the early 70's, the firing of radical UCLA Professor Angela Davis by the then-Governor Ronald Reagan, the kidnapping of Patty Hearst in 1974, the mass killings of 900 people in Guyana in November 1978 by the demonic Jim Jones and his People's Temple followers and the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and America's first openly-Gay supervisor, Harvey Milk, at the San Francisco City Hall that very same month.
Her memoir tells these stories as well as her own---a child raised by her aunt in Monroe, Louisiana--the same town that Black Panther Huey Newton came from--and her coming to California with her family when jobs in military plants opened up in World War II. I know a lot of people have never heard of this lady, but I think at least the broad outlines of her life is worth hearing about. And she's still working.
Here is a introduction to Ms. Davis from the PBS News Hour .