The Black Press and the Voting Rights Act of 1965

The BPRC is always interested in highlighting scholars’ use of Black newspapers to shed greater insight into the past.  No matter what your position on the film Selma might be or on the debate over its portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson, we believe it is important to recognize where the Black Press fits into the story of the Civil Rights Movement.   Alvin B. Tillery, Jr. Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University uses Black newspapers to disclose the Black Press’s perspective on Johnson and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.