Video: Lisa Robinson’s father part of Afro-American newspaper history

Video: Lisa Robinson’s father part of Afro-American newspaper history


LISA: INSIDE THESE BOUND VOLUMES OF THE AFRO NEWSPAPER IS A TREASURE OF PICTURES AND STORIES DOCUMENTING LIVES AND HISTORY. FOR YEARS, IT’S BEEN THE PAPER BLACKS COULD TRUST TO GET NEWS AND INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORLD AND ISSUES AFFECTING THEIR LIVES. FORMER SLAVE JOHN H. MURPHY PUBLISHED THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE BALTIMORE AFRO-AMERICAN NEWSPAPER IN 1892. >>FROM THAT POINT ON, HE AND HIS CHILDREN, HE HAD A NUMBER OF CHILDREN, THEY WORKED THIS PAPER INTO BECOMING A RELIABLE, CONSISTENT REFLECTION OF ISSUES THAT WERE IMPORTANT TO THE BLACK COMMUNITY. LISA: JAKE OLIVER IS HIS GREAT GRANDSON AND THE PUBLISHER AND CEO OF THE AFRO, A POSITION HE’S HELD SINCE 1986. HE SAYS HIS GRANDFATHER TOOK A HUGE RISK IN STARTING THE PAPER AT THE TIME. >>A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF BLACKS COULD NOT READ, BECAUSE WE HADN’T BEEN OUT OF ENSLAVEMENT FOR MORE THAN 40 OR 50 YEARS. LISA: BUT AS THE BLACK POPULATION MIGRATED TO URBAN AREAS, THE AUDIENCE EVOLVED, BECOMING MORE SOHPISTCATED>>RELATED HAVE REPORTERS TRAVEL THROUGH THESE LITTLE CITIES FOR THE FIRST 2 DECADES TO GET THE NEWS. TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH LOCAL PASTORS, SHARE THE GOSSIP DURING THE FIRST 2 DECADES. YOU COULD SEE THE PAPER DEVELOPING A POLITICAL VOICE THAT WAS BEGINNING TO GALVANIZE THIS COMMUNITY TO RECOGNIZE ITS POTENTIAL POWER. LISA: BROWN VERSUS THE BOARD OF EDUCATION WAS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR ISSUES.>>THAT WAS STARTLING BECAUSE IT WAS SO DIFFERENT. WE GET RID OF JIM CROW AT THE EDUCATIONAL LEVEL. IT REFLECTED THE RESISTANCE. LISA: FOR 150 YEARS THE AFRO HAS BEEN THE PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO GO ABOUT RELATIVES DOING WELL IN THE WORLD. HERE IS AN ARTICLE ABOUT MY DAD BECOMING AND IN SIGN IN THE NAVY. — AND SEND IN THE NAVY. ANDRE: FAMILY CONNECTION

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  1. i am trying to find a picture of my grandmother she won afro amerian clean block her name was maria wadler can anyone help me.1980

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