Current Lumberjack editor-in-chief, Dajonea Robinson poses behind Bret Harte House on Jan. 22. | Photo by Deija Zavala

From the Editor: Dare to dream unapologetically

The Lumberjack newspaper has its first African American woman as Editor in chief in 90 years
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The Lumberjack has its first African American woman as editor-in-chief in 90 years

In 1929 the Lumberjack as we know it today put out its first newspaper. Ninety years later I became the very first African American editor-in-chief in the history of the Lumberjack. To be true to myself, I identify first as an African American but I am also a woman who has made monumental history. Without first acknowledging that it took 90 years for someone who looks like me to hold this position disregards our history.

If I’m being honest, it is disheartening that it took nine decades for an African American to be elected for this position. It shouldn’t have taken that long. However, I’m very pleased that the past 90 years of the LJ will soon be digitized. History will be made easily available for the public. They’ll be able to look back on our past and reflect or criticize how far we have came as a university and as a society.

The way that the editor-in-chief is elected is through a democratic election process. Each candidate gives their statements to our classmates that explain who we are, our experience and our plans for the newspaper. Afterward, there is an election where each student votes who they think should be the next editor-in-chief.

As a young black journalist coming from Oakland, I naively doubted my abilities to lead this paper, but my peers were confident in my leadership. After all, flowers never pick themselves.

When I look around my peer group, I see young journalists who motivate me to become the best that I can be. They motivate me to challenge the current ideologies that surround us and they dare me to dream of accomplishing things much bigger than myself.

My goals for this paper is to keep it cultured and to represent its student body. However, I plan to remain truthful to the realities that surround us and to do so unapologetically.

I invite you to stand with me on this platform and walk this journey with me. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

Sincerely,

Dajonea Robinson

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3 Comments

  1. well . . . well . . . Thursday, January 24, 2019

    Considering our demographics it shouldn’t be surprising that this is the first editor-in-chief of African ancestry. It’s strange to focus on her racial background, seems to undermine the hard work she’s done to be well qualified for the position.

  2. chaz585 chaz585 Thursday, January 24, 2019

    Congratulations Dajonea! I was on the Lumberjack staff back in the late 70’s (when editors were not picked democratically). I’m sure you will be awesome!

  3. emmabradford88 emmabradford88 Sunday, January 27, 2019

    Perfect quote to end this heartfelt greeting to readers. Congratulations!

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