August 5, 2015
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Prayer and patience helped octogenarian Edward Monroe through difficult times of racism and steered him to success at his city’s most prominent newspaper, the native Washingtonian reminisced.
Monroe graduated in 1949 from Washington’s Armstrong Technical High School, one of the city’s two segregated manual training schools for African-American youth. He started as a substitute compositor at The Washington Post and, by 1953, he had worked his way into a permanent position in the composing room, where typesetting and related operations were performed.
It was a job he loved, but it “wasn’t easy,” he said, in part because he was one of very few blacks in what was then a predominantly white and often racist workplace.