Marcia Ann Gillespie, of Rockville Centre, recalls breaking through barriers in magazine industry

In 1993, Marcia Ann Gillespie was named editor-in-chief

In 1993, Marcia Ann Gillespie was named editor-in-chief of Ms. Magazine, making her the first African-American woman to achieve that position at a mainstream publication in the U.S. (February 17, 2014 6:19 PM)

A Rockville Centre woman who once dreamed of becoming a historian ended up making history herself by breaking through barriers in the magazine industry.

Marcia Ann Gillespie says she's "just a girl from Long Island who got lucky," but it was her determination that helped her become a trailblazer in the magazine industry. In 1971, Gillespie was hired as the first editor-in-chief of Essence...

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