Oral history interview with O. C. W. Taylor, 1971


Taylor, O. C. W (Interviewee)
La Brie, Henry G (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with O. C. W. Taylor, 1971
Other Titles
Reminiscences of O. C. W. Taylor : oral history, 1971; Oral history of O. C. W. Taylor, 1971
In his 1971 interview with Henry La Brie III, Taylor discusses the origins, cost, circulation, and profitability of the Louisiana Weekly. He describes the various jobs he held, including employment with the Pittsburgh Courier, the Associated Press, WNOE radio, WWOM-TV, and the New Orleans public school system. Other topics of discussion include: what people want to see in the news; the successes an d challenges of the black press; the contributions of the black press to the civil rights movement; memories of a lynching Taylor witnessed as an adolescent; and Taylor's predictions for the future of the black press.
Collection Name
Black Journalists oral history collection
Radio journalism; Newspaper publishing--Economic aspects--United States; Newspapers--Circulation; Journalism--Social aspects; Journalists; African Americans--Civil rights; African American press; African American journalists; New Orleans (La.); United States Race relations; Taylor, O. C. W; Pittsburgh courier
oral histories
Physical Description
sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96kHz, 24 bit); 53 pages
Note (Biographical)
O.C.W. [Orlando Capitola Ward] Taylor was born in Huntsville, Texas, in 1891. He graduated from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. In 1915, Taylor moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, and worked as a public school teacher and principal. In 1925, he founded the African-American newspaper the Louisiana Weekly with C.C. [Constant C.] Dejoie Sr. Taylor and later hosted a talk show called Negro Forum on the New Orleans radio station WNOE in addition to a Saturday morning television show on WWOM-TV.
Interviewed by Henry G. La Brie III on July 24, 1971.
Note (Provenance)
Henry G. La Brie III Gift, 1975
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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