Oral history interview with F. M. Johnson, 1971


Johnson, F. M (Interviewee)
La Brie, Henry G (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with F. M. Johnson, 1971
Other Titles
Reminiscences of F. M. Johnson : oral history, 1971; Oral history of F. M. Johnson, 1971
In his 1971 interview with Henry La Brie III, Johnson discusses his experience with various black newspapers. Topics of discussion include: the use of propaganda by the black press; the impact of the Great Depression on the Messenger; the aftermath of the deadly 1953 tornado that struck Waco; how the black press in the American South differs in tone from that in the North; how the role of the black press has changed since its 1827 origins; and how the black press has aided race relations and assimilation over the years. Johnson gives his opinions on the increase in interest in minority news, the opinion that the black press is sensational, his personal reluctance to publish crime stories, and the goals of the black press.
Collection Name
Black Journalists oral history collection
Journalists; African American press; African American journalists; Newspaper publishing--Economic aspects--United States; Journalism--Social aspects; African Americans--Civil rights; United States Race relations; Waco (Tex.); Johnson, F. M
oral histories
Physical Description
sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96kHz, 24 bit); 53 pages
Note (Biographical)
F. M. Johnson was born in Hempstead, Texas, in 1892. Johnson began a career in printing while attending Paul Quinn College in Waco, Texas, and played a leading role in the establishment of the Waco Messenger, a weekly newspaper founded in the 1920s to serve the city's black community.
Interviewed by Henry G. La Brie III on August 16, 1971.
Note (Provenance)
Henry G. La Brie III Gift, 1975
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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