Updated 3:31 pm CDT, Saturday, July 13, 2019 FILE - In this April 20, 2004 file photo, Rep. Carla Blanchard Dartez, D-Morgan City, center covers Gov. Kathleen Blanco, left, as a few drops of rain fall while talking with Sadie Roberts-Joseph, right, before the start of the Stand Up for Children 2004 Rally for Children on the steps of the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La. Sadie Roberts-Joseph, who founded an African American history museum was discovered dead in the trunk of a car, and police said Saturday, July 13, 2019 that investigators were working diligently to find those responsible.(Arthur D. Lauck/The Advocate via AP, File) less FILE - In this April 20, 2004 file photo, Rep. Carla Blanchard Dartez, D-Morgan City, center covers Gov. Kathleen Blanco, left, as a few drops of rain fall while talking with Sadie Roberts-Joseph, right, before ... more Photo: Arthur D. Lauck, AP … [Read more...] about African American museum founder discovered dead in car trunk
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Associated Press Published 9:44 PM EDT Jul 5, 2019 Chicago – The publisher of the storied African American newspaper Chicago Defender has announced it will no longer publish a print version. In announcing the move to digital-only beginning July 11, Real Times Media CEO Hiram E. Jackson said Friday the newspaper has made significant investment in digital media because of changes in the publishing landscape. Jackson noted the Defender currently prints 16,000 newspapers. He says the newspaper reaches at least ten times more people on its digital platform. Jackson says Real Times’ other newspapers, the Michigan Chronicle and the New Pittsburgh Courier, will continue to offer a print version. The newspaper was founded by Robert S. Abbott in 1905 and reached the peak of its influence at mid-century when it was a frequent critic of racial inequities in the nation’s southern states. … [Read more...] about Storied African-American newspaper becoming digital only
Ronald G. Shafer, The Washington Post Published 7:15 am PDT, Sunday, April 14, 2019 On Monday, every player in Major League Baseball will wear Jackie Robinson's No. 42 to honor the player who broke baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947. The country is also marking the centennial of Robinson's birth on Jan. 31, 1919 throughout the year. But the first African American to play regularly in the big leagues wasn't the Brooklyn Dodgers second baseman - it was Moses Fleetwood "Fleet" Walker. On May 1, 1884, the 26-year-old Walker was the catcher for the Toledo Blue Stockings in their opening game in the then-major league American Association. Six decades later, while Robinson was hailed as a pioneer, Walker was seen more as a curiosity. Before a June game against the original Washington Nationals, The Washington Post noted that Toledo's catcher "is a colored man, and no doubt many will attend the game to see our 'colored brother' in a new role." After Toledo won, The Post … [Read more...] about The first African American major league baseball player isn’t who you think
Michael Cavna, The Washington Post Published 2:30 pm PST, Monday, February 25, 2019 On the eve of James Baldwin's words taking Hollywood's center stage this past weekend, a controversial cartoon depicting Baldwin was pulled by a Southern California newspaper. On Friday evening, the San Diego Union-Tribune announced that it was removing a work by Steve Breen, the paper's longtime editorial cartoonist, from its website. Jeff Light, the paper's publisher and editor in chief, also apologized for the cartoon, which in his words "drew an ironic parallel between two august figures - James Baldwin and Toni Morrison - and Jussie Smollett," the "Empire" actor accused of staging a hate crime last month and lying to Chicago police about it. The cartoon, published Friday, depicted successive portraits of Baldwin, Morrison and Smollett beneath the caption, "Famous African-American Storytellers." "I consider the cartoon offensive and not in line with our values as a company," Light … [Read more...] about A cartoonist added Jussie Smollett to the list of ‘Famous African-American Storytellers.’ The backlash was swift.
Susan Haigh, Associated Press Updated 8:29 am CST, Sunday, February 10, 2019 This Nov. 29, 2018 photo shows an original April 23, 1949 copy of the New England Bulletin, a black-owned and operated weekly newspaper in Hartford, Conn. Old microfilm of this and other incarnations of the newspaper are being digitized so they can be available online as part of the United States Newspaper Program. This issue highlights the first person to take advantage of a Connecticut law that granted blacks equal membership to the Connecticut National Guard. less This Nov. 29, 2018 photo shows an original April 23, 1949 copy of the New England Bulletin, a black-owned and operated weekly newspaper in Hartford, Conn. Old microfilm of this and other incarnations of the ... more Photo: Susan Haigh, AP Photo: Susan Haigh, … [Read more...] about Connecticut WWII-era newspapers offer view of black life