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The Black Press Archives to be Preserved and Digitized at Howard University

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Nikole Hannah-Jones, journalist and Knight Chair in Race and Journalism at the Cathy Hughes School of Communications at Howard University.Nikole Hannah-Jones, journalist and Knight Chair in Race and Journalism at the Cathy Hughes School of Communications at Howard University.A $2 million grant from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation will fund the preservation and digitization of the Black Press Archives at the Howard University Moorland-Spingarn Research Center (MSRC).

To secure funding, the MSRC worked with the Center for Journalism and Democracy at Howard, started by Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer prize winning journalist and Knight Chair in Race and Journalism at the Cathy Hughes School of Communications.

The collection contains 2,847 microfilm reels of over 100,000 issues of newspapers, a resource Hannah-Jones herself has used.

β€œFor generations, the stories of Black people in America were not deemed worthy of telling by the newspapers delivered to the homes of white people,” said Hannah-Jones. β€œThe Black press served – and continues to serve – to celebrate, commemorate and honor Black lives in this country and to push this nation to live up to its highest ideals.”

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