Oral history interview with Vincent Tubbs, 1971


Tubbs, Vincent, 1915-1989 (Interviewee)
La Brie, Henry G (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Vincent Tubbs, 1971
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Vincent Tubbs : oral history, 1971; Oral history of Vincent Tubbs, 1971
In this interview, Vincent Tubbs recounts his life history and traces the entirety of his career in the black press. He details his experiences as a black war correspondent in the South Pacific, Europe, and East Asia, specifically his experiences traveling and reporting while black and abroad. Tubbs discusses his idea of the future of the black press and how advertising is valuable in its future. A dditionally, he describes the differences of the white and black presses in terms of editorial and campaign differences.
Collection Name
Black Journalists oral history collection
Advertising--Newspapers; World War, 1939-1945--Journalists; Editors; Journalists; African Americans--Civil rights; African American press; African American journalists; New Orleans (La.); United States Race relations; Tubbs, Vincent, 1915-1989; Johnson Publishing Company (Chicago, Ill.); Afro-American (Baltimore, Md. : National ed.)
oral histories
Physical Description
sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96kHz, 24 bit); 35 pages
Note (Biographical)
Vincent Tubbs (born Verley Trenton Tubbs, Jr.) was born in Dallas, Texas on September 25, 1915. He attended Morehouse College at Atlanta University and graduated in 1938. From 1938 to 1940 he worked as editor for the Macon Broadcast and went to Richmo nd to run the Richmond edition of the Norfolk Journal and Guide from 1940 to 1941. He left to work for the Baltimore Afro-American in 1941 and held several positions including copy editor, lynch reporter, roving correspondent, war correspondent (1943-1947), and city editor (1947-1953). Tubbs married Mamie Louise Hansberry in 1954, moved to Chicago, and was the associate editor at the Johnson Publishing Company until 1960. He and his wife relocated that year to Los Angeles where he was a publicist for Warner Brothers Studios. He passed away on January 15, 1989.
Interviewed by Henry G. La Brie III on August 21, 1971.
Note (Provenance)
Henry G. La Brie III Gift, 1975
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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