September 29

A young Raiford Bush asks Santa for a favor, rather than a toy

A young Raiford Bush asks Santa for a favor, rather than a toy

When WGPR-TV in Detroit, Michigan, started broadcasting on September 29, 1975, I felt accepted.  Just ten years prior, I was marching with my family in Greensboro, North Carolina, during the Civil Rights movement; nine years earlier, I was asking Santa for the right to drink from a public water fountain.  Amyre [Porter], Doug [Morison] and I desegregated a different type of counter which changed the face, complexion and direction of  both the broadcasting industry and American society.

So when the announcer stated my name during the opening billboard, it was that moment that I became officially the nation’s first African American female weather anchor of prime time news.  This bold effort by the WGPR-TV team was such a big deal the President of the United States saluted us.  For that, I remain humbled.

Never-before-seen images of the inaugural news team and crew have now been archived/displayed by the following institutions:

  • Ford Presidential Library and Museum, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
  • Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI
  • North Carolina Historical Museum, Raleigh
  • California African American Museum, Los Angeles

My sincere gratitude is extended to CBS Corporation and Atty. Mark E. Kalmansohn for preserving this integral part of American history.

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