Journal of Civil and Human Rights Article Awarded 2019 Farrar Award in Media & Civil Rights History

We are pleased to announce that the Journal of Civil and Human Rights article, “An Idea Before Its Time: Charles S. Johnson, Negro Columnist,” by Dr. Gwyneth Mellinger has won the 2019 Farrar Award in Media & Civil Rights History.

Mellinger’s article, from the fall/winter 2018 issue (vol. 4, no. 2) “details the little-known history of Charles S. Johnson’s unsuccessful weekly newspaper column, ‘A Minority View.’ Johnson, a twentieth-century black intellectual and president of Fisk University, attempted for three years in the mid-1940s to place the column in white-owned daily newspapers. In the article, Mellinger explains that Johnson and his collaborator, Claude Barnett, founder of the Associated Negro Press, had hoped the column would integrate the opinion pages of the white press.”

The award will be given at the Media & Civil Rights History Symposium, held March 8 and 9, 2019, at the University of South Carolina.

Congratulations to Dr. Mellinger!

You can read Mellinger’s article, open access, here.

Journal of Civil and Human Rights is edited by Michael Ezra and is in its fifth volume year.

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