We need the Black press to help us to protect those rights. And we need to document its history so that its seminal contributions to American life are not forgotten or obscured in an amnesia-prone future. The credo of the Black press, asserting its fear of no person, reminds me of a Ghanaian saying - "Gye Nyame" - "except God, I fear none." The Black press must remain fearless. It must remain a free fearless and unfettered voice of the people, our people, African people. Thus it has been since 1827, and thus it must remain as we await the new millennium and beyond. To do less is to fail our people. I am confident that the Black press will remain our fearless advocate, fearing none- "Gye Nyame", except God.












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February 2000