Our guest editor, Dr. Clint Wilson has made a substantial contribution to modern scholarship with the publication of his seminal work A History of the Black Press. (Howard University Press, 1997) which was based on the early research of Dr. Armistead Pride. His essay in HUArchivesNet "...to plead our own cause," is an important introduction to the work of Black newsmen and women and is excerpted from the larger work. This is also the source of the discussion of the future of the Black press "survival debates and the common cause." Perhaps the advocacy role of the Black press is no better represented than in times of strife. This is clearly reflected in "Mobilizing the Masses: The Cleveland Call and Post and the Scottsboro Incident." This issue also includes a message from John J. Oliver, Jr., President of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the umbrella organization for America's Black press. In addition, the editor has included a background discussion on the documentation of the Black press. As we look to the future, we should remind ourselves of the motto on Freedom's Journal's mast head: "Righteousness exalteth a nation."
Thomas C. Battle, Ph.D.