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Watch 'The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords' (Award-Winning Documentary on the History of Blacks in Journalism)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 15, 2014 at 1:21PM

Featuring interviews with members of the black press and newsreel footage, the film is narrated by actor Joe Morton.
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The Black Press

The black press is still important (maybe more-so than ever before) and is only as strong as our support of it is - a friend of mine once said to me.

In 1827, a group of black writers and journalists in New York who were tired of the way black people and issues of race were depicted in the press created America's first black-owned and operated newspaper, Freedom's Journal. Over the next 150 years, dozens of similar newspapers appeared across America, giving African Americans a voice they never had in the mainstream news media, like The Chicago Defender, The Pittsburgh Courier, and many more that would follow.

Directed by Stanley Nelson, the below feature-length documentary, "The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords," is really the first (and maybe the only) film to chronicle the history of the black press, including its central role in the construction of modern African American identity. From facilitating the migration of Southern blacks to northern cities, to honoring black soldiers in World War II, the black press documented people who were otherwise ignored.

Reinforcing how important the contributions of filmmaker Stanley Nelson are, within the scope of American cinema (not just black American cinema), the powerful and engaging, multiple award-winning film, which is strongly recommended viewing, recounts the largely forgotten stories of generations of black journalists who risked life and livelihood so African Americans could represent themselves in their own words and images.

Featuring interviews with members of the black press and newsreel footage, the film is narrated by actor Joe Morton.

And thanks to SnagFilms (parent company of Indiewire), the entire 86-minute documentary is available for you to watch online. I've embedded it below:

This article is related to: Stanley Nelson, Joe Morton


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