Journalism was an avenue through which activists such as Ida B. Wells and W.E.B. DuBois reached hundreds of thousands of readers. Newspaper coverage could incite white supremacists to riot, could rally African Americans around a cause, could inform a nation, and could turn a local act of violence into a national event. This media unit considers the role of newspapers and journalists in the struggle for civil rights.
Six to seven class periods
African American History, Jim Crow, Civil Rights, African American Press
Students will be able to:
- Understand the organizational structure of newspapers.
- Learn more about the significance of the African American Press during the Jim Crow era.
- Identify key figures in the struggle against Jim Crow.
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This lesson was prepared by: Thomas Thurston