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Afro-American Prints Commemorative “Why We March” Section

The 40-page edition was distributed Aug. 24
BALTIMORE – On August 13, 1892 a newspaper for Black Baltimore was born when John H. Murphy, Sr merged his one page Sunday School Helper with The Ledger owned by George F. Bragg and the Afro-American owned by Rev William M Alexander that became one of the largest black newspaper chains in the country covering local, national and international news.

Murphy is a member of the MDDC Newspaper Hall of Fame (Class of 2008).

In celebration of its 121st anniversary, the AFRO published a special edition titled "Civil Rights – Why We March" that is a 40-page historic collection of events captured on the pages of AFRO editions from 1901 to that historic march of Aug. 28, 1963 on Washington, D.C. It was distributed Aug. 24.

Divided into four historic sections this expanded publication delivers a unique perspective of the ongoing struggle for freedom and equality faced by the Black community in the decades leading up to the 1963 March at Washington’s Lincoln Memorial. From the abuses rendered to Black troops in World War I through the “Black Wall Street” riots that decimated the Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921 to the ever present lynch-mob violence throughout the country, the AFRO was there. This special edition shares unblinking glimpses, culled from its vast archives, of life in Black America leading up to the remembrance of what some historians called a turning point in the America’s 20th Century.

The historic journey presented in the 121st Anniversary Edition perfectly frames the observance of the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington by publishing actual pages, headlines and articles reflecting the years of injustice and abuse suffered by the Black community. At the nation’s capital in August 1963, the members and supporters of the Black community raised a frustrated, determined and collective voice demanding that the civil rights of the African-American population be finally delivered and respected.

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