This is the time when the need for information, enlightenment and editorial guidance in both racial and interracial, national and international affairs are [sic] most important. Thus, it is unthinkable to regard the publication of Black newspapers as an act of segregation. If looked upon in this way, how do we explain the Jewish Press, the Italian-American Press, the Hispanic Press or the Polish American Press. The fact is the Black press is far more needed in this period of history than any of the class publications mentioned.

     The twin needs for the Black press at this critical time in the 157th anniversary is a program of promotion to revive pride in the Black press and a program to develop a show of unity with other community institutions such as the Black church and the Black fraternal societies. These institutions, indeed, should be working in close harmony with each other, without exhibiting petty differences and complaints, as each of them is striving to serve the Black community and together should be "a true beacon to light the struggle up freedoms road."

     The three oldest organizations in Black America: the Prince Hall Masons, chartered in 1784; the African Methodist Episcopal Church, chartered in 1816; and the Black press, founded with Freedom's Journal in 1827, were the necessary trio in the drive of Black freed persons in the historic struggle against human bondage.

     It is no less important and necessary for the same trio to work in unison today to eliminate the evils of racism which plague the world and prohibit economic and cultural advancement of Blacks throughout the world.

     Black newspapers at this time in history have a golden opportunity but to reap this profitable prize and gain full financial harvest from this opportunity, it appears some changes will be necessary.

     There has been much change but there also has been a lack of real editorial change to meet the needs of today's world. The thought is that the Black press should alter its editorial approach, acquire definite standards of publication and editorial dedication, and devote greater stress on educating and entertaining its readers than protestation in the presentation of the news.

     The trend in most communities of the world today is toward a more democratic, unsegregated world, and this fact alone makes it imperative that some news media mirror the activities of Black people everywhere, discuss their problems, interpret their point of view, and reflect their hopes and aspirations.


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