Black Colleges and the Black Press Revive Old Partnership

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By: Freddie Allen | NNPA News Service

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – It was a reunion of sorts. The presidents of seven Black colleges met Black newspaper publishers for a breakfast consisting of French toast, eggs and bacon. The setting was the annual convention of the National Newspaper Publishers Association here. And the goal was a familiar one – explore ways to strengthen a unique partnership.The relationship between Black colleges and the Black Press dates back to 1944, when Frederick Patterson, president of Tuskegee Institute and Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of what is now Bethune-Cookman University, established the United Negro College Fund,  a federation of private Black colleges.

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