THE BLACK PRESS: Soldiers without Swords
ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE
This is the first film to chronicle the history of the black press, including its central role in the construction of modern African American identity. It recounts the largely forgotten stories of generations of black journalists who risked life and livelihood so African Americans could represent themselves in their own words and images. From the founding of the first black newspaper, Freedom’s Journal in 1827 to The Chicago Defender, the most powerful and successful black-owned newspaper of all time, African American journalists have stayed on the frontlines of the fight for Civil Rights.
Shannon Gibney, Professor of English, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Join us for private film screenings followed by provocative discussion about the themes. REEL Talk is free, but reservations are required.
MULTIMEDIA AND PRESS
DATES AND TICKETS
86 minutes, 1998
1 hour prior to performance
270 N. Kent St
St. Paul, MN 55102
Map & Directions
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—PaviElle French, Emmy Award-Winning Artist