Birmingham World

Civil Rights
10:50 am
Wed December 11, 2013

How The Media Covered The Civil Rights Movement: Black Newspapers

The plaque honoring Emory Jackson sits outside Nelson Brothers Cafe in Birmingham.
Ryan Vasquez

Let’s put you in the position of a being black person living in the South during the Civil Rights Movement.

“If you picked up a white newspaper you as a black person didn’t exist,” says Craig Flournoy.

Flournoy is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and professor of journalism at Southern Methodist University.

“There was no record of you being born, no record of you graduating from high school much less college, no record of you getting married, no record of your promotion and no record of you dying,” he says.

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