“Carter G. Woodson: History, the Black Press, and Public Relations” by Burnis R. Morris

This study reveals how historian Carter G. Woodson (1875 – 1950) used the black press and modern public relations techniques to popularize black history during the first half of the twentieth century. Explanation for Woodson’s success with the modern black history movement usually include his training, deep-rooted principles, and single-minded determination. Often overlooked, however, is Woodson’s skillful use of newspapers in developing and executing a public-education campaign built on truth, accuracy, fairness, and education. Burnis R. Morris explains how Woodson attracted mostly favorable news coverage for his history movement due to his deep understanding of the newspapers’ business and editorial models as well as his public relations skills, which helped him merge the interests of the black press with his cause.

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