Oral history interview with Jesse Walker, 1971


Walker, Jesse (Interviewee)
La Brie, Henry G (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Jesse Walker, 1971
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Jesse Walker : oral history, 1971; Oral history of Jesse Walker, 1971
In this interview conducted by Henry La Brie III, Jesse Walker talks about how and why he decided to become a journalist. He makes distinctions between the black press and white press in terms of their different goals, perspectives in reporting, frequencies of their circulations, readerships, the ways that both grew and developed, and their different impacts on society. Walker discusses the logisti cs of operating a national daily paper and why it is not feasible to have one, as well as the importance of a national black news service. He also explains how the white establishment press has handled reporting minority-related news around the time of the interview.
Collection Name
Black Journalists oral history collection
Journalism--Social aspects; Newspapers--Circulation; Journalists; African Americans--Civil rights; African American press; African American journalists; New York (N.Y.); United States Race relations; Walker, Jesse
oral histories
Physical Description
sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96kHz, 24 bit); 32 pages
Note (Biographical)
Jesse H. Walker was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1920 and was raised between New York and North Carolina. He graduated from high school in 1937 and attended Livingston College in North Carolina. In 1942, Walker received his BS in chemistry and joine d the armed forces in 1943. For several years after the end of his service in 1946, he worked in Newark, New Jersey; New York City; and Baltimore, Maryland for various newspapers, including the New York Age. In the late 1950s, he joined the New York Amsterdam News as assistant manager and became executive editor in 1966. Walker left the paper in 1980 to become executive editor at The New York Voice. He passed away from cancer in 1992.
Interviewed by Henry G. La Brie III on June 25, 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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