Black Press Celebrated: Voices of Our Experience

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  • Freedom's Journal
  • The Anti-Slavery Bugle
  • Atlanta Daily World
  • Baltimore Afro-American
  • Chicago Defender
  • Denver Weekly News
  • Los Angeles Sentinel
  • New York Amsterdam News
  • Indianapolis Freeman
  • Indianapolis Recorder
  • The Liberator

Freedom's Journal

Since 1827, Black Americans have used the power of the press to voice their unique experiences. Papers sprung up nationally over the years covering issues such as slavery, lynching, civil rights and present-day discrimination issues. Take a look at several African-American newspapers that have paved the way in the past and present. Natelege Whaley (@Natelege)

"We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us," declared founders of the Freedom’s Journal, Samuel Cornish and John B. Russwurm, on the paper’s front page. The outlet covered international, national and regional news about issues of slavery, lynching and other issues affecting Blacks. The paper was published weekly in New York City from 1827 to 1829.


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