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Negro Press Association, Kentucky

In June of 1907, a group of African American newspaper men gathered at Calvary Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and formed the Negro Press Association for Kentucky. N. W. Magowan, editor of the Reporter in Mt. Sterling, KY, was president; J. E. Wood of the Torch Light in Danville, KY, was vice president; Miss Julia S. Young from Louisville was secretary; and E. E. Underwood of the Blue Grass Bugle in Frankfort, was treasurer. There was also an executive board: W. H. Steward, R. T. Berry, and Rev. S. L. M. Francis. A second meeting was held in Mt. Sterling, KY, in August of 1907, and steps were taken to solidify the Negro vote in Kentucky. All Colored newspapers in Kentucky were invited to join the organization. It is not known how long the initial association existed. The Kentucky Negro Press Association was formed in 1915. For more see "State press association," Freeman, 06/29/1907, p.1; "Negro editors," Lexington Leader, 08/17/1907, p.4; "Negro Press Association," Lexington Leader, 08/28/1907; and "Kentucky Negro press association...," Freeman, 09/07/1907, p.4.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Wood, John Edmund [Torch Light newspaper]
NKAA Entry: Underwood, Edward Ellsworth
NKAA Entry: Steward, William H.
NKAA Entry: Berry, Robert T. "R. T." and George W. Berry
NKAA Entry: Kentucky Negro Press Association
NKAA Source: The Reporter (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Torch light (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Bluegrass bugle (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Indianapolis freeman (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Lexington leader (newspaper)

Related Entries Citing this Entry

NKAA Entry:  Magowan Brothers and the Reporter (Mt. Sterling, KY)

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