Oral history interview with James Morris, Sr., 1971


Morris, James, Sr (Interviewee)
La Brie, Henry G (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with James Morris, Sr., 1971
Other Titles
Reminiscences of James Morris, Sr. : oral history, 1971; Oral history of James Morris, Sr., 1971
In his 1971 interview conducted by Henry La Brie III, James Morris, Sr., discusses the history of the Iowa Bystander in terms of important historical events and the people involved in the paper's history. He recounts his position at the Bystander and his accomplishments, as well as the other prominent members of the black press and how the black press had dealt with injustices and problems that aff ected black people. Morris explains the availability and scarcity of resources, advertising power, competition between the black press and the white establishment press, and the position of black newspapers in their respective communities and readerships.
Collection Name
Black Journalists oral history collection
Journalists; African Americans--Civil rights; Editors; Newspaper publishing--Economic aspects--United States; Journalism--Political aspects; Advertising--Newspapers; African American press; African American journalists; New York (N.Y.); United States Race relations; Morris, James, Sr
oral histories
Physical Description
sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96kHz, 24 bit); 112 pages
Note (Biographical)
James Morris, Sr., (1890-1977) graduated from the Hampton Institute in 1912 and from Howard University's law school in 1915. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1917 and was sent to France the following year. Morris bought the Iowa Bystander in 1 922 and continued to work as editor and and publisher until his retirement in 1971. In 1925, he helped organize the National Bar Association in Des Moines, Iowa, when the American Bar Association excluded black people from membership. He co-founded the Iowa State Conference of the NAACP in 1939.
Interviewed by Henry G. La Brie III on April 16, 1971.
Note (Provenance)
Henry G. La Brie III Gift, 1975
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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