By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
During my reasonably long stay in the United States as a diplomat and International Civil Servant with the United Nations, I had been Gwen Ifill and PBS’ fan, whose email messages still bring smile to my face.
Even away from the United States, I have kept abreast – thanks to the Internet!
I loved Ms. Ifill’s quick mind, her sense of calm, rationality and the dignity she brought to the forums she moderated, PBS regular or vice-presidential headbutts.
I know millions will miss her as a touch of quality. She had decorum, a gift of quick thinking, most of all aura of decency!
In an August 2013 interview on The New York Times, Ms Ifill was rightly and famously quoted saying:
“When I was a little girl watching programs like this [PBS] — because that’s the kind of nerdy family we were — I would look up and not see anyone who looked like me in any way. No women. No people of color … I’m very keen about the fact that a little girl now, watching the news, when they see me and Judy [Woodruff] sitting side by side, it will occur to them that that’s perfectly normal — that it won’t seem like any big breakthrough at all”!
I dig the meaning in its entirety, as a black man, educated person and a father.
That woman surely would be missed by millions!
Gwen, may you rest in peace!