Black History Month: Critical Role of the Black Press During the Civil Rights Movement


Black History Month is an annual celebration that recognizes the achievements and central role of African Americans in U.S. history.    Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Over the next month, join Liberty Local Schools as we recognize the contribution and achievements of African Americans.

Critical Role of the Black Press During the Civil Rights Movement
Black journalists put themselves in danger during the civil rights movement so the sacrifices of activists would not go unnoticed.  Read a first hand account of the critical role of the black press in the civil rights movement from Dorothy Butler Gilliam.  Gilliam is a former reporter, editor, columnist and the founder of the Young Journalists Development Program for The Washington Post. She served as the Shapiro fellow at The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs from 2003 to 2013. "Trailblazer" (Center Street Imprint), her memoir, was published in January 2019. Click here to learn more.

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