First Person: Sarah-Ann Shaw
Sarah-Ann Shaw, a lifelong community and civil rights activist, is best known for becoming Boston’s first African American reporter in 1969. She worked for WBZ-TV for more than 30 years, both as a reporter and as host of the public affairs program Mzizi Roots. She also appeared regularly on the WGBH show Say Brother, which eventually became Basic Black.
A native of Roxbury, Massachusetts, she was heavily involved in her community from her childhood. In the late 1950s she was asked to lead the Boston Northern Student Movement, which involved organizing voter education, high school tutoring, and economic housing education. She has long been involved with Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), which offers job training to the disadvantaged, and Boston Partners in Education, which provides volunteers to the Boston Public Schools. She has served as president of both the Boston Coalition of Black Women and the League of Women for Community Service.
Sarah-Ann Shaw has been recognized with numerous honors, including Lifetime Achievement awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and the ABCD.