1896

Plessy v. Ferguson case establishes "separate but equal" policies in America, ensuring the continuation of a separate Black press.

1901

William Monroe Trotter publishes the Boston Guardian in opposition to Booker T. Washington's race relations philosophy.

1905

Robert S. Abbott founds the Chicago Defender.

1910

The NAACP publishes the Crisis magazine and W.E.B. DuBois is editor until 1934.

1912

Charlotta Spears Bass becomes owner and editor of the Eagle and renames the newspaper, the California Eagle.

1924

The Hill Top, later the Hilltop, a weekly campus student paper debuts at Howard University.

1927

The Black press celebrates its one-hundredth anniversary.

1940

Robert S. Abbott becomes the first president of the Negro Newspaper Publishers Association.

 

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