Jones, Jerrel ,
- Genevieve G. McBride
newspaper publisher and multimedia owner, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Mary Ellen Shadd Jones, later Mary Ellen Shadd-Strong, a journalist. A descendant of Mary Ann Shadd Cary, the first female African American publisher, his mother was a correspondent for the Chicago Defender and World in an era of an only intermittent presence for the black press in Wisconsin after the loss of the legendary Wisconsin Enterprise-Blade in the 1940s under J. Anthony Josey.
Lacking a stable local black press, African Americans in Wisconsin seemed almost silent amid the civil rights movement for most of the next decade. Several attempts at a black press in the state failed until Shadd-Strong founded an affiliate of the Defender in 1956; she maintained her Milwaukee Defender until 1960 McBride 343 344 The silence was deceptive however as struggling publishers of the period were literally and figuratively ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.