Building the Black Press is a digital history project about the Black press and the built environment. It focuses on the publishing plants, corporate offices, and production spaces used by Black periodicals and their contributors from the 19th century to the present day.
This project posits that Black press buildings matter - as sites of historic protest and identity formation, as symbols of Black pride and business success, and as windows into the fluid and often fraught relationship between space, place and race in the modern city.
This project understands the term "Black Press" in a broad sense - one centered on weekly Black "legacy" newspapers, but which also includes Black consumer magazines, alternative, radical or dissident Black periodicals, and born-digital publications.
For more about the project's key ideas and themes, please browse the photo-essays below: