the late Askia Muhammad

Can columnists write whatever they want? Do Black columnists feel pressured not to write “so much” about race? Are there topics more columnists should address? Do Black columnists have a different mandate than others?

Those questions and others will be on the table Monday as Black columnists discuss the environment in which their colleague, the late Askia Muhammad, < > plied his craft.

Washington’s Pacifica station WPFW-FM, streamed at, plans a 24-hour tribute to Askia on Monday, March 28, his birthday.

This radio version of the Journal-isms Roundtable is to air from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time.

Scheduled for the discussion are:

Todd Steven Burroughs, public historian, media consultant and contractor, Black press historian

Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher, Washington Informer, which ran Askia’s column

Naba’a Richard Muhammad, editor in chief, The Final Call, which also published Askia.

Monroe Anderson, “cyber columnist,” Chicago

Jenice Armstrong, Metro columnist, Philadelphia Inquirer

Karen Attiah, op-ed columnist, Washington Post, 2019 NABJ Journalist of the Year, formerly global opinions editor

Kevin B. Blackistone, Washington Post sports columnist, professor at the University of Maryland, ESPN panelist

Mary C. Curtis, columnist, Roll Call; contributor, NPR/WFAE Charlotte; senior facilitator/Public Voices Fellowship Program | The OpEd Project <>

Joe Davidson, federal government columnist, Washington Post; co-founder, National Association of Black Journalists >

Lewis Diuguid, retired editorial board member and columnist, Kansas City Star

Courtland Milloy, Metro columnist, Washington Post >

Michael Paul Williams, columnist, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2021 Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary >

. . . and listener call-ins.

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