Black Press and Negro League

Date

02/02/21

The latest episode of the Journalism History podcast features Brian Campbell, a recent Ph.D. graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, discussing his research on the impact of the relationship between the Black press and the Negro Leagues. The Black press helped facilitate desegregation within Major League Baseball. 

Many Negro Leagues ballplayers traveled abroad to places like Cuba to earn more money because they would typically earn only $200 to $300 a month in the United States. While abroad, ballplayers were in contact with U.S. journalists to relay their statistics. Some of these letters contained stories about how ballplayers were gaining access to certain social status, occupations and accommodations that they weren’t receiving in the U.S., which exposed racial inequality.

“Journalists and athletes are collaborators together, the athletes being these conduits through which news and information travels,” said Brain Campbell, author of an article, “African American Sports Journalists and Athletes as Foreign Correspondents for the Black Press: 1930 to 1950,” in the academic journal Journalism History.

Social change was brought to professional sports through the cultivation of relationships between athletes and journalists. Campbell also mentions race heroes Jack Johnson and Jesse Owens and journalists like Wendell Smith who led the way for future athletes like Jackie Robinson to have their moments in history.

“Baseball honors its history more than any other sport, and yet stories from the Negro Leagues often go untold,” said Nick Hirshon, the host of the episode. “Brian’s research has revealed the depths of the relationships between journalists and African American ballplayers who worked together to expose racial inequality in America, the ancestors of the athletes who have become key voices in the Black Lives Matter movement.”

Journalism History is a podcast that rips out the pages of your history books to reexamine the stories you thought you knew and the ones you were never told. Hosted by three professional media historians and listened to in 96 countries, Journalism History is available wherever you find podcasts. Transcripts are available at https://journalism-history.org/podcast.

 

 

Directory

loughranTrish
Loughran
dkoenkerDiane
Koenker
hliebersHarry
Liebersohn
aespiritAugusto
Espiritu
steinbMark
Steinberg
kmcunoKenneth
Cuno
rjrossRichard
Ross
rptobyRonald
Toby
eavrutinEugene
Avrutin
kchow1Kai-Wing
Chow
aburtonAntoinette
Burton
burgosjrAdrian
Burgos, Jr
dprochasDavid
Prochaska
emcduffiErik
McDuffie
hogansonKristin
Hoganson
hoxieFrederick
Hoxie
jandersJames
Anderson
jbrennanJames
Brennan
j-love2Joseph
Love
johnlynnJohn
Lynn
jwrJohn
Randolph
khitchinKeith
Hitchins
msmicaleMark
Micale
m-stuartMary
Stuart
mtodorovMaria
Todorova
njacobseNils
Jacobsen
pfritzscPeter
Fritzsche
poshekfuPoshek
Fu
rotaEmanuel
Rota
schajuaSundiata
Cha-Jua
schndrDorothee
Schneider
symesCarol
Symes
tbarnes2Teresa
Barnes
tchaplinTamara
Chaplin
ccsCharles
Stewart
crowstonClare
Crowston
koslofCraig
Koslofsky
anpaikA. Naomi
Paik
bedwellThomas
Bedwell
jrbarretJames
Barrett
hibbardcCaroline
Hibbard
hoddesonLillian
Hoddeson
blevine3Bruce
Levine
ralphwmRalph
Mathisen
megmclauMegan
McLaughlin
melhadoEvan
Melhado
kjoKathryn
Oberdeck
epleckElizabeth
Pleck
drabinDana
Rabin
lreaganLeslie
Reagan
burkhardRichard
Burkhardt
godwin1Katherine
Godwin
jpmckayJohn
McKay
j-pruettJohn
Pruett
murphy71Evan
Murphy
quick2Elizabeth
Quick
rmitchllRichard
Mitchell
c-spenceClark
Spence
pschroedPaul
Schroeder
rmccolleRobert
McColley
warnsteiWalter
Arnstein
m-spenceMary
Spence
ovburtonOrville
Burton
rmorrissRobert
Morrissey
djordje1Stefan
Djordjevic
kosovyc2Stefan
Kosovych
mendez3Veronica
Mendez Johnson
mswhite3Megan
White
bmakBonnie
Mak
jdavilaJerry
Dávila
navales2Kent
Navalesi
riwilsonRoderick
Wilson
kmumfordKevin
Mumford
rhogarthRana
Hogarth
aachmie2Agata
Chmiel
rescoba2Raquel
Escobar
hfreun2Heather
Freund
drjones5Douglas
Jones
eelarso2Ethan
Larson
dlehman2David
Lehman
mlbrenn2Margaret
Brennan
harshmn2Matthew
Harshman
tkhan6Tariq
Khan
matssht2Elizabeth
Matsushita
cortega5Carolina
Ortega
tollerc2Ian
Toller-Clark
bawilli2Beth Ann
Williams
woodiii2Augustus
Wood III
pqwrigh2Peter
Wright
iasakaIkuko
Asaka
hertzmanMarc
Hertzman
shannon9Shannon
Croft
bcmpbll2Brian
Campbell
lddunca2Leanna
Duncan
escanil2Silvia
Escanilla Huerta
ghanoui2Saniya
Ghanoui
kojiito2Koji
Ito
mjaimes3Marco
Jaimes
klpfnst2Matthew
Klopfenstein
mora6Juan
Mora
tsantan2Thais
Rezende Da Silva De Sant'ana
takauch2Yuki
Takauchi
pbthomp2Peter
Thompson
nobiliMauro
Nobili
eadamoLiz
Adamo
rallen11Ryan
Allen
candrsn5Jack
Anderson
xchen151Xiao
Chen
fcowan2Felix
Cowan
denby3Eric
Denby
vmdiaz3Valerie
Diaz
snettin2Sean
Ettinger
cgreen11Morgan
Green
ohagedo2Olivia
Hagedorn
huang094Jun
Huang
kenisto2Billy
Keniston
cosei2Cassandra
Osei
rogaar2Eva
Rogaar
mjruiz2Michael
Ruiz
stvital2Stephen
Vitale
wisnsky2Catherine
Wisnosky
atyost2Franziska
Yost
cbosakClara
Bosak-Schroeder
cbrossedClaudia
Brosseder
trday3Thomas
Day
lobue2Adam
LoBue
lkm2Lisa
Mercer
adrianv3Adrian
van der Velde
tkvaugh2Taryn
Vaughn
cswrothCelestina
Savonius-Wroth
mebMarsha
Barrett
eabosch2Elizabeth
Abosch
ed5Elizabeth
Dean
ctg3Christopher
Goodwin
stetson3Stetson
Kastengren
hanping2Hanping
Li
lliu80Lingyan
Liu
bscBonnie
Crawford
sepkoskiDavid
Sepkoski
chettiarTeri
Chettiar
gilbertdDaniel
Gilbert
jsbell3Jacob
Bell
drsullivDawn
Voyles
ncoskun2Noyan
Coskun
wcrane2William
Crane
tdudley2Tessara
Dudley
rhein2Rhiannon
Hein
kelleyi2Kurtis
Kelley
leoni1Natalie
Leoni
mnatale2Marisa
Natale
ryanjs7Ryan
Schmitt
damirv2Damir
Vucicevic
marciabMarcia
Bellafiore
mga5Marcos Gildemaro
Alarcon Olivos
mibrad50Michael
Bradley
sdf3Samuel
Froiland
khudzik2Stas
Khudzik
owenjm2Owen
MacDonald
ruthvm2Ruth
Mandala
chloe3Chloe
Parrella
ats9Alexandra
Sundarsingh
toups2Eric
Toups
ev7Elizaveta
Vostriakova
bch7Bridgette
Hammond
smerrit2Samantha
Merritt
gmoran6Grace
Moran
tiglay2Pelin
Tiglay