State Library celebrates Black History Month

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 11:00pm

In celebration of Black History Month, the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana will host Jinx Coleman Broussard for a discussion of her forthcoming book from LSU Press, "African American Foreign Correspondents: A History." The presentation will take place today from noon to 12:45 p.m. at the State Library.

Broussard’s presentation, “African American Foreign Correspondents: Their Impact on U.S. Social Reform and Global Policy,” will reveal that although Frederick Douglass is recognized as an abolitionist, race leader and orator, he was also the first African-American foreign correspondent. Douglass went overseas not only to escape slave catchers but to call attention to and press for an end to slavery in the United States.

Broussard will discuss central characters in black foreign reporting while highlighting their goal of social reform and policy changes. She will detail how these journalists created a new, more positive racial identity guided by a civil rights agenda grounded in advocacy, protest and pride.

African American Foreign Correspondents is the first book to bring to the fore the largely untapped genre of African-American foreign reporting. Broussard writes of black journalists’ travels abroad to report on wars, events and people that provided them with a new depth of visibility.

Broussard is an associate professor at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication. She is the author of Giving a Voice to the Voiceless: Four Pioneering Black Women Journalists as well as numerous articles and papers on the black press.

Registration is not required for this free event. Attendees are invited to bring brown bag lunches. 

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