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Ethnic Studies Review
One of the most important institutions established in African American communities has been the "Black Press." It is also an institution that has not received much of the attention it deserves. The Black Press today still consists of approximately 100 newspapers carrying on the tradition of the first Black newspaper, Freedom's Journal (1827). After recently compiling a bibliography on Blacks in the U.S. West, it became obvious that whenever and wherever a Black community became established, Black newspapers immediately emerged. For example, Colorado had over one hundred, California more than twice that number, and Iowa over forty. States such as Wyoming or North Dakota that had no Black newspapers received some coverage from out-of-state Black papers. Further, some out-of-state Black newspapers also received distribution in those states with few or no Black newspapers, providing much-needed information and resources.
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