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Alpha Delta Alumnus from 1964 releases a book about the Black Press


Author Clint C. Wilson II Examines Black Press

History and Current Challenges

Explores the development and contributions of African American newspapers in the United States in ‘Whither the Black Press?’

ROCKVILLE, Md. – Those who have wondered whatever “happened” to the Black press will find answers in “Whither the Black Press?” an informative and entertaining book that traces the historical roots of the medium and examines whether new media platforms of the 21st century can fill the void left by a segment of the declining newspaper industry.


Written by Clint C. Wilson II, a recognized Black press scholar and professional journalist, “Whither the Black Press?” explores the historic development of African American newspapers from their African roots to the founding of their first weekly journal and into the glory years as the communication foundation for the Civil Rights Movement. In the process, the author reveals little known facts about the ways in which the Black press wove itself into the fabric of American culture among the White and Black populations.


This book brings to life interesting historical facts including: the early development of literary and publishing endeavors among Black people in colonial America and what Thomas Jefferson wrote about them; the ironic consequences that visited White publications following the U.S. Supreme Court’s racial segregation decision in Plessy vs. Ferguson; the roles played by aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright in the launch of a Black newspaper published by Paul Laurence Dunbar; how the Black press reacted to the controversial success of the Amos ‘N’ Andy radio show in the 1930s; and why the Black press found itself at a disadvantage in reporting the Civil Rights Movement for which it had been largely responsible.

“Whither the Black Press?” provides journalism historians, students and the general reading public with trends and overviews of key contributors to the development and maturation of the Black press in the United States. Furthermore, it provides a historical framework for assessing today’s African American press in the changing technological world of new communications media. Lastly, this book provides a greater sense of awareness of the importance of communication in multicultural America.

For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to www.Xlibris.com.

About the Author

Clint C. Wilson II, Ed.D. is Graduate Professor Emeritus in the Howard University School of Communications where he teaches courses in communication, culture and media studies. He is a recipient of the Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism from the University of Missouri and the Lionel Barrow Award for Distinguished Achievement in Diversity Research and Education. He has lectured at academic symposia at colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad at Oxford University. Dr. Wilson is widely regarded among the nation’s foremost scholars of the Black press and his book “A History of the Black Press,” completed the unfinished work of the late African American journalism historian Dr. Armistead S. Pride. The book was cited as one of the 35 “most significant books of the 20th century” by Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. He has authored or co-authored seven other books including “Racism, Sexism and the Media: Multicultural Issues Into the New Communications Age.” The Society of Professional Journalists honored that work with its 2003 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism Research. Dr. Wilson’s professional journalism career includes work for various news media organizations including the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, St. Petersburg Times, USA Today.com and the Los Angeles Sentinel.

Whither the Black Press?* by Clint C. Wilson II

Glorious Past, Uncertain Future

Publication Date: January 17, 2014

Trade Paperback; $19.99; 176 pages; 978-1-4931-6143-0

Trade Hardback; $29.99; 176 pages; 978-1-4931-6144-7

e-book; $3.99; 978-1-4931-6145-4

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (812) 355-4079 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

For more information on self-publishing or marketing with Xlibris, visit www.Xlibris.com.  To receive a free publishing guide, please call (888) 795-4274.

Spring Break Party Official Announcement


USC Spring Break Party Mar 20 @ Tru Hollywood

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, In. Alpha Delta Chapter Presents The Pharaoh’s Affair 2 Featuring TeeFlii

This is the official Spring Break party for USC!

Spring 2014 Crossing party

You know you want AD!

Doors open at 9:06

18+ to enter
21+ to Drink

Table service going all night!

$10 before 1030
After that expect Hollywood prices!

Tru Hollywood
1600 Argyle Ave, Hollywood, CA

Greek Discount all night
Spring 14 Neophytes FREE!

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Local Alpha Chapters step in Honor of MLK on the Arsenio Hall Show

Monday, January 20th, 2014 – Bro. Williams [member of Step Masters "Step-by-Step"] had the privilege of freezing the stage with a special step performance on the Arsenio Hall show in honor of our fraternity brother Martin Luther King Jr. Bro. Williams recalls feeling very blessed to have the experience to represent his chapter and fraternity on national television and to do so on the same stage as guests Malcom-Jamal Warner, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Smokey Robinson. “The moment we found out we were confirmed for the show until we actually went on, I was filled with excitement and anxiety—but I was READY! When it was show time and the cameras started rolling, we came out with INTENSITY from the beginning march to the final step. It was truly awesome. Definitely one the best experiences I’ve had since I crossed.” -Ronald Williams, Spring 2013 Initiate

Dr. Martin Luther King is an Alpha man and was initiated at Sigma chapter in 1952. Want to know more …. see the Documentary Link below:




2013 Cool Owt BBQ – August 30th


It’s that time of year again! Come COOL OWT with the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. AlphaDelta Chapter as we host our annual beginning of the year Cool Owt BBQ. On Aug. 30th McCarthy Quad is going to get CHILL. Plenty of music, plenty of food and plenty of fun – just like we do it best. Don’t miss out!!! Click the logo to See event on Facebook



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