Media, no matter the format (print/written, social media, online, tv, etc.), is a platform. It was designed to give a voice to those who are voiceless and provide expression for that which is in danger of being suppressed. While many use it properly others abuse it and causes media to morph into a shell of its former self.
Oprah Winfrey, the famous African American talk-show host and graduate of an HBCU Tennessee State University, interviewed skinheads in 1988 on her nationally syndicated show, Oprah. She says the tension was so thick in the studio you could cut it with a knife (“What Oprah Learned After Interviewing Skinheads”, OWN). Looking back on her decision after that experience she said she would no longer allow the platform that she had to be misused by people who were carrying any form of negative energy. She saw herself as a surrogate for the audience and a storyteller, and for 25 years as a surrogated storyteller she believed that she needed to responsibly help people release their stories and consequently help the world to see that we are more alike than we are different. This is the goal and purpose in which the foundation of the HBCU Examiner is built.
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This theme is brought home in Hope and Fury: MLK, The Movement and The Media a documentary that examines how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders of the civil rights movement used the power of print and visual media, especially television, to awaken America to the shame and injustice of racial inequality. Included in this groundbreaking documentary were remarks from civil rights leaders; African-American reporters who chronicled the movement; journalists from across generations; and present-day activists who have adopted the tactics of their forebearers.
This NBC News special hosted by Lester Holt, marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., explores how the TV networks in the late ’50s finally began to cover the civil rights movement, and how King forced them to do so.
In the film King’s adviser Andrew Young Jr. says that “we (King and other civil rights leaders) deliberately had demonstrations before 1 p.m. in order for the film to get to New York” before airtime. Footage of armed police attacking a peaceful march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on March 7, 1965, arrived a bit too late for ABC, which instead broke into a broadcast of “Judgement at Nuremberg” shortly after 9 p.m. Some 50 million watched, and “the average viewer was thinking, gosh, are we like Nazi Germany?” says Hank Klibanoff, co-author of 2007’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Race Beat,” a book about the press’ coverage of the civil rights movement.
King knew, as evidenced in his words and media efforts in the 1960s the power of media more specifically television; it could bring the horror and hate of racism and segregation (and any other human sin for that matter) right to your heart and your home—you could not deny its reality. John Lewis said; “without television the civil rights movement would’ve been like a bird without wings”.
We at the HBCU Examiner truly believe this. Media should direct us to what to think, but never tell us how to think about what we think. The profundity of King’s intentions as it concerns his use of television reinforces, unlike anything else, the gulf that can be spanned between media and movement.
The HBCU Examiner seeks to be the bird with wings, the lion who has learned how to write. For until the Lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter (African Proverb)…we are the lion!
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