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Sat Nov 19, 2016, 08:13 PM

Can I say this about Gwen Ifill? [View all]

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I would see Gwen on many a morning at the bakery between the two buildings we separately occupied. She would come in around 7am for coffee and a pastry. As did I. I never spoke to her. Never told her how much I admired her. I never said to her how I thought of her as a mentor, even though she never met me personally. I didn't want to appear to be a "groupie." I regret that. I really wish that I had gushed over her....or at least bought her coffee occassionally.

She taught me, through TV and true journalism, to be a better person. She taught me to persevere and to never give up. She taught me to have an open mind. And she showed me what a strong woman of any color could achieve. She had more challenges than I have had throughout my life. Why? Because I am white. Yet, she was an incredible success. I am and will always be....in awe of her.

I grieve for Gwen. Her legacy is one that makes me want to believe that I should never quit and that if I do, I fail not only her, but I fail myself. So, I am a 54 year old white woman who has had advantages that women of color never get. And I grieve for that. Because the color of my skin should not dictate my worth or any other woman's worth.

Please take a moment to recognize that we have lost a truly wonderful woman, journalist and a beacon at the top of a hill amongst a sea of darkness.

Rest In Peace, my dear Gwen. I will miss you.

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