Resources and Links


Extended Bibliography for the Black Press

Re: The Great Migration

Griffin, Farah Jasmine. "Who Set you Flowin’?" The African-American Migration Narrative. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Grossman, James R. Land of Hope: Chicago, Black Southerners, and the Great Migration. University of Chicago Press, 1989.

Lemann, Nicholas. The Promised Land: The Great Migration and How It Changed America. New York: Vintage Books, 1991.

Painter, Nell Irvin. Exodusters: Black Migration to Kansas after Reconstruction. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1976, 1986.

Trotter, Joe William, Jr., ed. The Great Migration in Historical Perspective: New Dimensions of Race, Class, & Gender. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991.


Re: The History of the Black Press

Brooks, Maxwell R. The Negro Press Re-Examined: Political Content of Leading Negro Newspapers. Boston, MA: Christopher Publishing House, 1959.

Dawkins, Wayne. Black Journalists: The NABJ Story. Sicklerville, NJ: August Press, 1993.

Finkle, Lee. Forum for Protest: The Black Press During World War II. Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses, Inc., 1975.

Hogan Lawrence. A Black National News Service: The Associated Negro Press and Claude Barnett, 1919-1945. Rutherford: Farleigh Dickinson University Press; London: Associated University Presses, 1984.

La Brie III, Henry G, ed. Perspectives of the Black Press: 1974. Kennebunkport, Maine: Mercer House Press, 1974.

Lyle, Jack, ed. The Black American and the Press. The Regents of the University of California, 1968.

Myrdal, Gunnar, et al. An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy: Volume I. New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1944.

Penn, I. Garland. The Afro-American Press and its Editors. Salem, New Hampshire: Ayer Company, Publishers, Inc., 1891.

Pride, Armistead and Clint C. Wilson II. A History of The Black Press. Washington, DC: Howard University Press, 1997.

Senna, Carl. The Black Press and the Struggle for Civil Rights. New York: Franklin Watts, 1993.

Streitmatter, Rodger. Raising Her Voice: African-American Women Journalists Who Changed History. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1994.

Tinney, James S. and Justine J. Rector. Issues and Trends in Afro-American Journalism. Washington, DC: University Press of America, Inc., 1980.

Washburn, Patrick S. A Question of Sedition: The Federal Government’s Investigation of the Black Press During World War II. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.

Wolseley, Roland Edgar. The Black Press, U.S.A. Ames, Iowa: Iowa State University Press, 1971.


Re: The Nineteenth Century Black Press

Blackett, R. J. M., ed. Thomas Morris Chester, Black Civil War Correspondent. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989.

Bullock, Penelope L. The Afro-American Periodical Press, 1838-1909. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1981.

Dann, Martin E., ed. The Black Press, 1827-1890: The Quest for National Identity. New York: Putnam, 1971.

Detwiler, Frederick G. The Negro Press in the United States. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1922.

Hutton, Frankie. The Early Black Press in America, 1827-1860. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993.

Rhodes, Jane. Mary Ann Shadd Cary: The Black Press and Protest in the Nineteenth Century. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998.

Suggs, Henry Lewis, ed. The Black Press in the Middle West, 1865-1985. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996.

-----. The Black Press in the South, 1865-1979. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1983.

Thompson, Julius E. The Black Press in Mississippi, 1865-1985. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1993.

Tripp, Bernell. Origins of the Black Press: New York 1827-1847. Northport, AL: Vision Press, 1992.


Re: African Americans in World War I

Barbeau, Arthur E. and Florette Henri. The Unknown Soldiers: African-American Troops in World War I. New York: Da Capo Press, 1996.


Re: African Americans in World War II

James, C. L. R., et al. Fighting Racism in World War II: A Week by Week account of the struggle against racism and discrimination in the United States during 1939-45. New York: Pathfinder, 1980.

McGuire, Phillip, ed. Taps For A Jim Crow Army:Letters from Black Soldiers in World War II. Lexington: University of Kentucky, 1983 1993.


Re: The Future of the Black Press

Lacy, Stephen, James M. Stephens and Stan Soffin, "The Future of the African American Press," Newspaper Research Journal 12 (Summer 1991): 8-19.


General reference books

Blanchard, Margaret, ed. History of the Mass Media in the United States: An Encyclopedia (Detroit: Fitzhugh and Dearborn, 1998)

Franklin, John Hope and August Meier, eds. Black Leaders of the Twentieth Century (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1982)

Hine, Darlene Clarke, ed. Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (Brooklyn: Carlson Publishers, 1992).

James, Edward T., ed. Notable Black Women (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1971).

Logan, Rayford W. And Michael R. Winston, eds. Dictionary of American Negro Biography (New York: W.W. Norton, 1982)


Websites/ Journalism Organizations


American Society of Journalists and Authors
1501 Broadway, ste. 302
New York, NY 10036

Asian American Journalists Association
1765 Sutter St., Ste. 1000
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415-346-2051
Fax: 415-931-4671

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications

Association of American Editorial Cartoonists


The Columbia Journalism Review Online

The Freedom Forum
580 Madison Avenue, 42nd floor
New York, NY 10022
phone: 212-317-6500
fax: 212-317-6572

Institute for Alternative Journalism

The Media Institute

National Association of Black Journalists
3100 Taliaferro Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
phone: 301-405-8500
fax: 301-405-8555

National Association of Hispanic Journalists
National Press Building, Ste. 1193
Washington, DC 20045
Phone: 202-662-7145
Fax: 202-662-7144

National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association
1718 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-588-9888

National Newspaper Association

National Newspaper Publishers Association
3200 13th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010
phone: 202-588-8764
fax: 202-588-5029

National Press Club
National Press Bldg.
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045
Phone: 202-662-7500
Fax: 202-662-7512

National Scholastic Press Association;Associated Collegiate Press

Native American Journalists Association
1433 East Franklin Avenue, Suite 11
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612-874-8833


The Newseum

Newspaper Association of America
phone: 703-902-1600

Overseas Press Club of America
320 East 42nd Street, Mezzanine
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212-983-4655
Fax: 212-983-4692

The Pulitzer Prize

Society of Professional Journalists
*see also website:

World Association of Women Journalists and Writers

3945 St. Martin Blvd., W.
Laval, PQ, Canada H7T 1B7
Phone: 514-688-6380
Fax: 514-681-1682

Libraries/Archival Collections:

Chicago Historical Society (for material on the Associated Negro Press)
Chicago, IL.

Library of Congress
Washington, DC

Moorland Spingarn Research Center
Washington, DC

National Archives
Washington, DC

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYPL
New York, NY

    Other useful sites devoted to African American Periodicals

The Afro American Newspapers Home page

African American News Service
c/o Institute for Global Communications
East Coast Office
1731 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20017
phone: 202-588-5070
fax: 202:588-5210

Afro-American Media related site

Black Enterprise magazine website

Essence magazine website

Rutgers University African-American Studies

Stanford University Library

University Press of Virginia's African American Studies web resource page

Yale University African American Studies site


If you are interested in researching newspapers beyond the scope of this bibliography, consider visiting the microfilm collection at research centers such as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.

Many historical newspapers can be obtained via inter library loan.