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Wiley A. Hall


Wiley A. HallStory Wall Narrative Shares Message of Love, Reconciliation, and Universal Hope

Award winning journalist Wiley A. Hall, 3rd conceptualized and wrote the text for the story wall plaques, drawing upon epigraphs translated from Alex Haley’s Pulitzer prize winning book, Roots.

A native of Washington, D.C., Hall has been a writer and communicator for over 25 years. As writer for the Baltimore Sun, he won awards for his reporting on criminal justice, education and politics. A 1984 series on racial disparities in prison brought him a Pulitzer Prize nomination. As a Sun columnist, Hall won dozens of awards from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and others. His writing is included in Thinking Black, an anthology of African-American columnists published by Crown Books, and in a personal work, Urban Rhythms, Urban Blues.

Hall became executive editor of the Afro-American Newspapers in 2001. In this role, he sets editorial policy for all Afro publications; his column “Urban Rhythms” appears weekly in the Afro and other papers in Baltimore, Atlanta and Richmond. He received a Distinguished Citizen Alumni Award from his alma mater, Macalester College, in 1995, and is listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America.