Oral history interview with Lawrence "Pat" Patterson, 1971


Patterson, Lawrence (Interviewee)
La Brie, Henry G (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Lawrence "Pat" Patterson, 1971
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Pat Patterson : oral history, 1971; Oral history of Pat Patterson, 1971
In his 1971 interview with Henry La Brie, Lawrence "Pat" Patterson discusses his interest in writing and how that led him to become a journalist. He reflects on the role of the black press in society, changes in the press that he witnessed, its successes and failures, and its future. Additionally, he discusses the need for a national newspaper or magazine that would unite the issues and concerns of America's black population. He shares his thoughts on black newspapers' focus on local or community news as opposed to national news. Patterson explains the black press's role in organizing and advocating for the black community, particularly with the government.
Collection Name
Black Journalists oral history collection
Newspapers--Circulation; Journalists; Editors; African Americans--Civil rights; African American press; African American journalists; New York (N.Y.); United States Race relations; Patterson, Lawrence
oral histories
Physical Description
sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96kHz, 24 bit); 11 pages
Note (Biographical)
Lawrence "Pat" Patterson (1927-1992) earned his degree in Economics from New York University (NYU) in 1957. Prior to entering the newspaper business, Patterson served in the Merchant Marines and the U.S. Army. He worked as a correspondent or editor fo r the New York Amsterdam News, New York Voice, Long Island Newsday, Manhattan Tribune, New York Courier, National Leader, and New York Page. Patterson received the Paul Tobenkin and Siluran awards for his work. In 1969 Patterson became the founding Editor of Black Enterprise Magazine and later served as a member of its Editorial Board and Editor at Large for the magazine.
Interviewed by Henry G. La Brie III on June 21, 1971.
Note (Provenance)
Henry G. La Brie III Gift, 1975
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Oral History Archives at Columbia
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