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(WHITE HOUSE – July 8, 2022) – A lot of people are not familiar with the efforts of the Black Press at the White House over the history of this country. A tradition forged by the likes of Joseph Russwurm, Samuel Cornish, and Frederick Douglass – the Black journalist in America has consistently played an important role on behalf of the Black community. After all, no one else is going to cover the wins and losses of Black people more fairly. And I do mean no one.
From the beginning, America’s mainstream media has always been poison when it comes to Black people. Otherwise, there would not have been a need for an Ida B. Wells. Wells was the firebrand journalist born in 1862 in Holly Springs, MS who went on to become a well-known investigative journalist, educator, an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement, and a founding member of the NAACP.
She and others like Russworm, Cornish, and Douglass understood the power of the pen. And they used the pen to advocate for us, abolish slavery, call out lynchings, and support Black businesses. The Black Press has been the historical source of news and information, and also a prime platform where one could learn of upcoming events and news developments specifically in the Black community.
And so, when a news team from Baltimore under the banner of BmoreNews.com can bring readers news straight from the White House, it’s a beautiful thing. It is also a testament to those great men and women who paved the way for us long ago. Prominent names come to mind, like Alice Allison Dunnigan from Russellville, Kentucky – the first Black woman to get White House press credentials, Chicago’s Ethel Payne who was considered the First Lady of the Black Press, and Harry S. McAlpin, the first Black man to cover a Presidential press conference in 1944.
Those brave ancestors are a reminder that, for one, we stand on very broad shoulders, and two, we can do anything we put our minds to do. It is also a reminder that the only limitations are the ones we put on ourselves. So, don’t be limited. Be the captain of your life and go for your dreams.