Oral history interview with William Rowe 1972


Rowe, William (Interviewee)
La Brie, Henry G (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with William Rowe 1972
Other Titles
Reminiscences of William Rowe : oral history, 1971; Oral history of William Rowe, 1971
In this 1972 interview conducted by Henry La Brie III, William L. Rowe outlines how he began his career in journalism as an editor and a photographer. He describes how he reached the decision to not work for the white press, how success is measured differently for black people, how key figures affected the Pittsburgh Courier, and how he wrote his newspaper column while abroad. Rowe describes his ex periences photographing celebrities in Harlem and as a photographer during World War II. He also discusses his predictions on the future of the black press and the sophistication of the black press at the time of the interview.
Collection Name
Black Journalists oral history collection
Photographers; Editors; Journalism--Social aspects; Journalism--Political aspects; Journalists; African Americans--Civil rights; African American press; African American journalists; Pittsburgh (Pa.); United States Race relations; Rowe, William; Pittsburgh courier
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sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96kHz, 24 bit); 41 pages
Note (Biographical)
William L. "Billy" Rowe (1914-1997) worked as a photographer, theater editor, and sports editor for the New York News. His column "Billy Rowe's Notebook" ran in the Pittsburgh Courier from 1936 to 1951. Rowe served as the first black Deputy Commission er of the NYPD from 1951 to 1953 and later managed Joe Louis' public relations. Rowe photographed theater performances and sports events. He served overseas during World War II.
Interviewed by Henry G. La Brie III on June 24, 1972.
Note (Provenance)
Henry G. La Brie III Gift, 1975
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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