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Black Press' Response Images in the Comics

Greetings Afrigeneas Writers Forum:

The African-American press not only chronicled our history but was also the political voice of its community. Following in the same tradition, black artists like Ollie Harrington, Mel Tapley, Ted Shearer sketched editorial and commentary cartoons that were syndicated in newspapers around the country.

The link below will take you to an interesting article entitled" From "Under Cork" to Overcoming:Black Images in the Comics." It's from the Ferris State University's website of the Jim Crow Racist Memorabilia Museum.

The article discusses:

"Newspapers published by the Afro-American press also entered into the fight against the negative depiction of Blacks. By the mid-1930's they were leading the struggle against any continuance of minstrelized representations. Papers like the Chicago Defender, the Pittsburgh Courier, and the Baltimore Afro-American editorialized against the minstrel image and finally helped to end its presence in the Black community by 1940."

Enjoy this article.

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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