Noted journalist to speak at annual MLK breakfast


Steve Crump, a noted documentary producer and award winner from Charlotte, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Swannanoa Valley Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Corporation Annual Breakfast on Feb. 6.

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Crump earned a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Eastern Kentucky University. His career as reporter/anchor has included positions in Lexington, Kentucky; Orlando, Florida; Savannah, Georgia; Detroit, Michigan; and currently, Charlotte. He also has been a freelance correspondent with Black Entertainment Television and an independent documentary producer for WTVI in Charlotte.

He has received regional Emmys, four National Headliner awards, and the National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence. He was named NAACP Defense Fund Humanitarian of the Year as well as the National Council of Negro Woman/Man of the Year by the Charlotte Chapter. Other honors include induction into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame; winner of a regional Edward R. Murrow Award; recipient of the National Sigma Delta Chi Public Service Award.

The Smithsonian in Washington, the Library of Congress and the Museum of Broadcast Communications have showcased Crump’s documentaries.

The Boy Scouts of America and the United Negro College Fund are his major emphases in the community. He enjoys jazz, reading, horse-racing and travel.

The breakfast is scheduled for 9 a.m. at Camp Dorothy Walls on Cragmont Road in Black Mountain. Tickets are available after Jan. 18 at the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce, from any MLK board member and at the organization’s website, Tickets - $15 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-12 will also be available at the door.