Course Description

This course is an introduction to the origins of the Black press in America, along with its impact as a trusted voice of resistance. From Samuel E. Cornish and John B. Russwurn’s first publication of "Freedom’s Journal" in 1827 and David Walker’s "Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World" in 1829, to Frederick Douglass’s "North Star," Robert Abbot’s "Chicago Defender," Louis Austin’s "Carolina Times," and the investigative reporting of Ida B. Wells that chronicled the lynching of Black men and women in the 1890s, Black-owned newspapers have reported on the lives and perspectives of Black people with the passion of fighting for freedom throughout American history. This course will also examine the role and local impact of the Black press with a focus on the work of Louis Austin. Austin began working at Durham’s "Carolina Times" in 1921.The closure of the "Carolina Times" in 2020 will serve as the backdrop for conversations related to the future of the Black press.
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Section Title
History of the Black Press
Online - Zoom
1:30PM to 2:45PM
Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 02, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded.

Required reading: Todd Vogel, The Black Press (9780813530055)