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COPYRIGHT 1975
by JULIAN BOND
PROJECT MEDIA - JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI
September 19, 1975

OUR HISTORY IN WHAT IS NOW CALLED THE MEDIA GOES BACK
ONLY 150 YEARS IN AMERICA -- BACK TO THE ESTABLISHMENT IN 1827 OF
THE FIRST BLACK-OWNED NEWSPAPER, FREEDOM'S JOURNAL PUBLISHED BY
SAMUEL CORNISH AND JOHN B. RUSSWORM.

WHEN HE FORMED HIS OWN PAPER, THE NORTH STAR, 20 YEARS
LATER, FREDERICK DOUGLASS WROTE IN ITS FIRST EDITORIAL WHAT OUGHT
TO BECOME GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR EVERY BLACK JOURNALIST FROM THEN
UNTIL NOW. HE WROTE:
"..... THE MAN WHO HAS SUFFERED THE WRONG IS THE
MAN TO DEMAN REDRESS, - THE MAN STRUCK IS THE MAN
TO CRY OUT - AND THAT HE WHO HAS ENDURED THE CRUEL
PANGS OF SLAVERY IS THE MAN TO ADVOCATE LIBERTY.
IT IS EVIDENT THAT WE MUST BE OUR OWN REPRESENTATIVES
AND ADVOCATES, NOT EXCLUSIVELY, BUT PECULIARLY -
NOT DISTINCT FROM, BUT IN CONNECTION WITH OUT WHITE
FRIENDS. IN THE GRAND STRUGGLE FOR LIBERTY AND
EQUALITY NOW WAGING, IT IS MEET, RIGHT AND ESSENTIAL
THAT THERE SHOULD ARISE IN OUR RANKS AUTHORS AND
EDITORS, AS WELL AS ORATORS, FOR IT IS IN THESE
CAPACITIES THAT THE MOST PERMANENT GOOD CAN
BE RENDERED TO OUR CAUSE."

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