Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords - Failitator Guide
This facilitator guide accompanies the Stanley Nelson documentary film, "The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords", the first film to chronicle the history of the Black press, including its central role in the construction of modern African-American identity. Nelson's film documents the history of many newspapers founded by and for African Americans, beginning with Freedom's Journal and proceeding through the contemporary era. It 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. The documentary presents compelling archival film footage, still photographs, and illustrations depicting people and places that the black press reached. These images show us what these newspapers looked like, and allow us to read and hear their words. In addition, this film includes testimony from men and women who worked for the black press as reporters, artists, and publishers. While the film mentions dozens of black newspapers from throughout the black press's history, it examines the histories of the influential California Eagle, Chicago Defender, and Pittsburgh Courier in particular depth.
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Anthropology, History, Sociology