Dr. Benjamin Chavis: Why The Black Press Still Matters


Writing for Black Press USA, National Newspaper Publishers of America (NNPA) President and CEO Dr. Benjamin Chavis examines why the black press still matters. Dr. Chavis discusses the historical and contemporary significance of the black press, highlighting the upcoming 190th anniversary of the first publication of Freedom’s Journal on March 16, 1827 in New York City.

Chavis writes, “…Black-owned newspapers have led the way when it comes to raising a voice of consciousness for Black America. Today, in 2016, Black-owned newspapers still matter.” He also discusses NNPA’s journalism Discover the Unexpected (DTU) fellowship program with Howard University and Chevrolet that is helping to produce young, black journalists who will continue to raise the voice and tell the stories of Black America. Read an excerpt of Dr. Chavis’ editorial below:

“Black Lives Matter. Black Votes Matter. Black Press Matters. In order to overcome racial inequality and injustice, we have to emphasize the importance of nurturing and mentoring the rise of a new generation of freedom-fighting journalists, publishers and African American owners of newspapers and media companies.

There is a huge, qualitative difference between media that is Black-owned and non-Black-owned media that is targeted to Black consumers. Numerous national studies have documented that Black-owned newspapers remain the “trusted and respected” source of news, empowering success stories, and cultural aspirations for more than 45 million Black Americans…”

Read more at Black Press USA.

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