Speaker: Alysia Burton Steele ’97, Alumna and Pulitzer Prize Winner


Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Rm. 225 Journalism and Public Relations Department

The Journalism and Public Relations Department and the Elizabeth Sweeney Foundation will host alumna and Pulitzer Prize winner Alysia Burton Steele ’97.

Steele will sell and sign copies of her book Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom in the Humanities and Social Sciences building lobby at 3:00 p.m. and speak to interested students, faculty, staff, and guests about that book and her non-profit organization, Delta Jewels Support Foundation, at 5:00 p.m. in Room 225.

Steele’s book features 54 portraits and interviews with various “church mothers” and oral histories of Jim Crow Mississippi, such as stories about the Civil Rights Movement. The book has been touted in major national publications such as USA Today, the New York Times, and National Public Radio and has received praise from activist Gloria Steinem. Steele earned a Pulitzer Prize from her work as part of the photo team at the Dallas Morning News for coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

She has worked for more than 12 years as a photojournalist at various newspapers, including the Columbus Dispatch and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Steele is also an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism.

Steele will also visit several journalism and public relations classes during her two-day visit.