Black Publications at Penn

Reflections: The UPenn Black History Project

Black publications at the University of Pennsylvania have had a long, rewarding, and at times, tumultuous history.  Black Pride ’79: Black Student News Anthology was the University’s first black publication.  Released in 1979, Black Pride ’79 was a black student yearbook that offered a glimpse into black Penn students’ experiences, accomplishments, and extracurricular activities.  Although the publication received administrative support, only one issue was produced.

Shortly thereafter, The Voice, a multicultural newspaper was founded.  Established in March 1982, The Voice had a more political overtone to its writing and articles than its 1979 predecessor.  This newspaper featured interviews with then United Minorities Council Chairman Marc Rodriguez, several articles about former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo, and U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah.  The newspaper also highlighted campus events such as Black Student League and Chinese Cultural Society meetings.  The Voice printed consistently until 1987.

Former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford Jr. (C’92)…

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