Oral history interview with William Fowlkes, 1971


Fowlkes, William (Interviewee)
La Brie, Henry G (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with William Fowlkes, 1971
In this interview conducted by Henry G. La Brie III, William A. Fowlkes tells his life history and goes on to discuss the advertising and circulation changes in black newspapers, how black newspapers’ role has changed over time, and the successes and failures of the black press. He explains his criteria needed to consider a newspaper as a black newspaper, what readers want to read, and whether blac k news papers are sensational. Fowlkes discusses if the Kerner Commission Report affected white establishment papers’ reporting on minority news, if black news papers should appeal to a white audience, and the future of the black press.
Collection Name
Black Journalists oral history collection
Newspapers--Circulation; Advertising--Newspapers; Journalism--Social aspects; Editors; Journalists; African Americans--Civil rights; African American press; African American journalists; Atlanta (Ga.); United States Race relations; Fowlkes, William; United States. National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders; Report; Pittsburgh courier
oral histories; ephemera
Physical Description
27 pages; sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96kHz, 24 bit)
Note (Biographical)
William A. Fowlkes was born in 1914 in Tennessee. He attended Tennessee State University where he was editor for the Tennessee State Collegian. He received his B.S. in history with a journalism minor and graduated magna cum laude in 1935. Shortly ther eafter he began reporting for the Atlanta Daily World where he was a reporter, the city editor, and eventually the managing editor until 1950. That year he started working for the Pittsburgh Courier’s as the editor for the paper’s Georgia edition. He returned to the World in 1956 as managing editor. In 1965 he left the World to work for the Economic Opportunity Authority in Atlanta. He passed in 2008.
Interviewed by Henry G. La Brie III on July 16, 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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