African Americans in Journalism

Photo Essay

<i>Washington Tribune</i> newsroom, c. 1935 (Photo by Addison Scurlock, Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution)

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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