Chevy #DiscoverTheUnexpected Students Interview Civil Rights Figures in Chicago and Atlanta
In March, Chevrolet announced that it had teamed with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) to help sponsor a new fellowship program at Howard University’s School of Communications, called “Discover the Unexpected” (DTU). As part of the fellowship, eight Howard students were selected to gain valuable experience working at NNPA-member papers based in Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, and Washington DC.
For its part, Chevy provided the eight Fellows with stipends, tuition scholarships, and a 2016 Malibu to use in their reporting assignments.
The bowtie brand has also been using its social media platforms to spotlight some of the assignments the students have pursued so far. Last month, we saw DTU Fellows in Detroit meet with groundbreaking African-American comic book artist Arvell Jones, and students in DC talk with minority youth hockey coach Neal Henderson. In the latest update video, we see what the students in Chicago and Atlanta have been up to.
Take a look:
DTU Fellows McKenzie Marshall and Briahhna Brown were placed at The Chicago Defender, a historic Chicago newspaper with a primarily African-American readership. For their story, the pair interviewed John M. Clark Jr., the founder and CEO of Reggio’s Pizza, home of the famous “butter crust” deep dish. Clark’s company is the only Black-owned frozen pizza maker in the United States, and also claims to be the only frozen pizza maker in the city of Chicago.
In Atlanta, DTU Fellows Brandi Mercedes Montgomery and Brelaun Douglas interviewed fine art photographer Sheila Pree Bright for The Atlanta Voice. The award-winning artist, best known for works including Plastic Bodies, Suburbia, and Young Americans, discussed her work with the students, and why she felt it was important to highlight the Black middle class experience.