The Black Press in California is an intimate exhibit organized by the California African American Museum (CAAM) of Los Angeles. Illustrated with images, political cartoons, newspaper headlines and mastheads, the display focuses on writers and editors and narrates the importance of Black journalists in advancing democracy and the struggle for human rights in the Golden State.
Newspapers always have served to unite and strengthen the African American community. From reports on weddings and funerals; church services to political protests, the Black press connected Blacks with local, regional and national events and with one another. The exhibit is a broad overview of the five W’s and H (who, what, when, where, why and how) of the African American press in California from the 1850s.
The exhibit consists of six horizontal panels that will be displayed outside the Governor’s Suite in California’s State Capitol Building in Sacramento, February 9 through March 5, 2009. Organized by the California African American Museum, the exhibit is co-sponsored by the California Legislative Black Caucus.
Sampling of Works Displayed (Mouse over images and click for larger image.)