In Your Own Words

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In Your Own Words is where you can enter and submit your own stories and memories of the Black Press to be published here on the website, or you can read the stories other visitors have submitted.

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SAMPLE STORY by Vernon Jarrett:

Vernon Jarrett I was a little boy. My brother was much older than I and I was so happy that I could not read, because my grandfather, an ex-slave who was illiterate, we didn't know it at the time, made my brother, as a little boy, read The Chicago Defender from page to page, including the ads. And he would make him go back and say, "Read that again, boy." He wanted to hear about what was going on in different parts of the world. This was, ah, I guess my grandfather's way of realizing he was a free man, a black newspaper from up North.