Black Ink on White Paper: The African American Press in Rhode Island Launch

October 28, 2022, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Black Press in Rhode Island is a remarkable, yet virtually unknown history. In 1857 we find Alexander P. Niger, an accomplished typesetter, in the Providence print shop of A. C. Greene. In 1860, the first African American newspaper, Rev. George W. Hamblin’s L’Overture, begins publication. In 1906, John Carter Minkins becomes the nation’s first Black editor of an all-white newspaper, the News-Democrat, starting what will become a seventy-year career in Rhode Island media. In 1950, the Providence Journal hires its first Black reporter, James N. Rhea, who remains for thirty-three challenging years, writing on the plight of African Americans locally and nationally, and winning a Pulitzer for doing so. 1968 through 2018 is the longest stretch of Black publications in the state, with six different newspapers coming and going, and for the most part creating a continuous pipeline of information for and about the Black community. For further information visit


Presented by Stages of Freedom


Friday, October 28, 2022: 5 pm to 6 pm


Rovensky Room


Funded by Herman H. Rose Media Access Fund and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

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