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The Black Press and its Diasporic Imaginations: Seeing U.S. Black History through a Transnational and Mediated Lens

3MT Featured Home Graduate Education Week Inclusive Excellence Individual Development Plan (IDP) PostDoc Association Professional Development Upcoming Events October 02, 2018 11am to 12pm


The Bridge: 220 Townsend


Theresa Metz

Dr. Cristina Mislán, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism

With the inception of the black press in the United States in the early nineteenth century, journalists, activists and intellectuals continued a tradition of writing black history (and its diasporic linkages) into the pages of print culture. In doing so, these writings served as a form of advocacy and offered wide ranging interpretations of U.S. history, from consumer culture to liberation. While the late twentieth century decline of the black press has led to the existence of only a small number of black-owned print publications today, it remains crucial to investigate how these writings significantly contributed to and extended the history of print and digital culture. This research discussion will engage not only the importance of the black press, but also asks how we can examine the making of history through the written words of those who sought to transform how we have imagined, and have spoken back to, the local, national and global.

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