African Americans in Journalism
Three times a year, the editors of the Oxford African American Studies Center provide insights into black history and culture, showing ways in which the past and present interact by offering specially commissioned featured essays, photographic essays, and a selected list of articles that will further guide the reader. The latest Focus On article looks at the history of African Americans in journalism.
Ever since the first black newspapers were published in the nineteenth century, African American journalism has been synonymous with the struggle for civil rights. The contributions black journalists have made to the Fourth Estate as reporters, editors, publishers, photographers, broadcasters, commentators, and critics have been crucial in keeping Americans informed and upholding the promise of the First Amendment throughout the nation's history. This photo essay highlights the achievements of twelve journalists without whose achievements the black press and American journalism as a whole would not be the robust institutions they are today.
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The following entries have been selected to help guide readers who want to understand more about the history of the black press.