WLBT TV’s Howard Ballou recalls parents’ friendship and work with MLK


rssfeeds.clarionledger.com – Mississippi – 2023-01-15 17:00:29

Maude Ballou with Dr. Martin Luther King at Dexter Ave. Baptist Church.

With a business degree in hand, Maude Ballou moved to Montgomery, Alabama in the early 1950s with her husband Leonard and began work at a radio station. But she always hoped to help alleviate some of the challenges Black people were facing during that period of time.

She never expected her ideas, skills and hard work would help Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to change the world. In fact, one account of Maude said she “was literally changing diapers while helping to change a nation.”

Her son, Howard Ballou, a 30-plus-year anchor at WLBT, the NBC affiliate in Jackson, recalls the days when Dr….

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