1945

John H. Johnson begins publishing Ebony.

1962

The first Black news reporter on an American network television station, Mal Goode of ABC-TV, covers Cuban missile crisis.

1966

The first Black news woman assigned to cover the Vietnam War is Ethel Payne, a Washington correspondent for the Chicago Defender.

1972

Howard University Press is established.

1973

The Black Press Archives and Gallery of Distinguished Newspaper Publishers in the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University is established.

1975

The first commercially licensed Black-owned television station in the U.S., WGPR-TV in Detroit begins to broadcast.

The National Association of Black Journalists is formed.

1978

The first African American national television network news anchor, for ABC-TV, is Max Robinson.

1980

Black Entertainment Television in Washington, D.C., started by Robert L. Johnson, becomes the first national cable television service owned and operated by Black Americans.

Acquired by Howard University, WHMM is the only Black-owned public educational television station in the U.S.

 

<back to previous page

 

continued on next page>

 

cologo2.gif (6442 bytes)

February 2000