Oral history interview with Frank L. Stanley, 1971


Stanley, Frank L., -1974 (Interviewee)
La Brie, Henry G (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Frank L. Stanley, 1971
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Frank L. Stanley : oral history, 1971
Henry La Brie begins his 1971 interview with Frank L. Stanley by asking about what types of news content attracts readers. Stanley then discusses his relationship with Harry Truman, other American presidents, and other high-ranking government officials. He discusses his contribution to the desegregation of the military. Next, he outlines the black press' contribution to the civil rights movement an d his relationship to Martin Luther King, Jr. He describes his engagement in Kentucky politics, including his contribution to civil rights legislation there. La Brie and Stanley discuss black businesses advertising in the black press, the measures of the success of a newspaper, the need for a national black news service, regional differences in the black press, and coverage of African American issues in the mainstream media. Next, they discuss the sensationalist reputation of the black press, newspaper distribution, and the relationship between the Defender and white newspapers. The interview concludes with Stanley's predictions for the future of the black press.
Collection Name
Black Journalists oral history collection
Journalism--Political aspects; Advertising--Newspapers; Journalism--Social aspects; Journalists; African Americans--Civil rights; African American press; African American journalists; Louisville (Ky.); United States Race relations; Stanley, Frank L., -1974; Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972; King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
oral histories
Physical Description
sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96kHz, 24 bit); 51 pages
Note (Biographical)
Frank L. Stanley (1906-1974) was a civil rights activist and owner and publisher of the weekly Louisville Defender. Stanley was a one-time president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. His political activism included drafting state legis lation to integrate Kentucky's public museums and a bill creating the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, of which he became a member.
Note (Funding)
Digital reproduction funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Interviewed by Henry G. La Brie III on August 1, 1971.
Interview conducted by Henry La Brie for a work on the history of the African-American press.
Digitized by Safe Sound Archive, Philadelphia, 2010.
Service copy (44 kHz, 16 bit) and rendered version (96 kHz, 24 bit) of sound file derived from a digital preservation master digitized at 96 kHz, 24 bit.
Note (Provenance)
Henry G. La Brie III Gift, 1975
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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