A story of persistence, creativity, and determination, the Associated Negro Press and its founder Claude Barnett delivered national and international news coverage that was remarkable for its substance and scope. Barnett, a Tuskegee Institute graduate, founded the ANP in 1919. Despite limited resources and numerous difficulties, the ANP ran for over forty years. Eventually, the black press was often referred to as “the greatest single power in the Negro race.” In this session, the story of the black press and it influence, then and now, will be discussed.
Lawrence Hogan, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of History at Union County College
Dr. Lawrence Hogan is professor emeritus of history at Union County College. He is the author of “A Black National News Service: Claude Barnett and the Associated Negro Press” as well as “The Forgotten History of African American Baseball.” He served as Executive Producer and historian for the documentary “Before You Can Say Jackie Robinson: Black Baseball in New Jersey and America in the Era of the Color Line.” He is the editor and co-author of “Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African American Baseball” published by National Geographic and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.