Writing friend Gretchen Wing recently posted her reflections about the end of the print version of Chicago Defender. I’m embarrassed to admit I didn’t know about this “multi-media content provider of news, information and events that cover the interests of the urban African American community with culturally relevant content not regularly serviced by mainstream media.” Now that I do, though, I plan to add it to my reading list. It will be a good complement to another publication I turn to regularly, Colorlines. That daily news site, “where race matters,” advances racial justice through research, media, and practice.
We need both of these news sources more than ever.
The Chicago Defender, legendary Black newspaper, has ceased printing after nearly 115 years.According to today’s story in the New York Times, by Monica Davie and John Eligon, …the demise of The Chicago Defender’s print editions represented a painful passage for many people who grew up in Chicago and for those with memories of its influence […]