Our next post for Black History Month is dedicated to Clarence Page, a Pulitzer-winning journalist who is very outspoken about having Attention Deficit Disorder and how it has affected his life. Page was born in Dayton, OH in 1947, and as such a large portion of his journalism as either focused on or been centered in Chicago. Page was drafted into the military 1969 and was assigned as an Army journalist at Fort Lewis.
Page won the Pulitzer Prize for a Chicago Tribune Task Force series on voter fraud in 1972, just one year after leaving the Army. He won the Pulitzer for Commentary in 1989. He’s also been awarded the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)’s James P. McGuire Award for several columns on constitutional rights. In 1996 he published Showing My Color: Impolite Essays on Race and Identity, and in 2000 he published A Bridge to the New Media Century. He has regularly appeared on various television programs as a commentator, such as PBS NewsHour, The McLaughlin Group and Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC.
On his Wikipedia page, the article states “Page’s achievements came despite an undiagnosed case of ADD…” and it should be noted that we do not garner achievements “despite” our disabilities; we achieve with our disabilities, often times they have given us perspective unique to our lives that propels us to success.