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African-American press in World War II is subject of Black History Month Lecture at Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola press release - February 1, 2002

(New Orleans)—Patrick S. Washburn, Ph.D., will discuss the role of the black press in World War II in a lecture at Loyola University on February 20. This free lecture will be in the Audubon Room, Danna Center, on the main campus at 6363 St. Charles Ave. at 6:30 p.m. This Black History Month Lecture is part of the Loyola Biever Lecture Series. “The Role of the Black Press in the Push for Civil Rights” is the title of Washburn’s lecture at Loyola.

Washburn, a professor at E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, is the author of A Question of Sedition: The Federal Government’s Investigation of the Black Press During World War II, published in 1986. In this important book, he showed how the black press paved the way for the civil rights movement of the 1960s by using the press’ history from 1910, before, during, and after WWI and WWII.

A Question of Sedition was cited in the 1999 issue of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly as one of the 35 most significant mass communication books published in the 20th century. Washburn also has made several presentations to the Smithsonian Institute and has served as an advisor and interviewee for a PBS documentary, "The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords."

Washburn will give an additional lecture on February 21 at The National D-Day Museum, 945 Magazine St. He will lecture about "The FBI Investigation of the Black Press during WWII." For more information about this free event, call 527-6012. Washburn’s appearances are partially funded by The D-Day Museum.

For additional information about the Loyola lecture, call Professor Cathy Rogers, 865-3297.