Newspapers Birmingham-Pittsburgh Traveler
The Birmingham World
"standard race journal"
|The Birmingham World was established in 1966 by the Scott family as one of
the few black newspapers in the Birmingham area. The paper stresses education because the paper's philosophy is
that its duty is to educate blacks in Birmingham.
The current editor, Joe Dixon, gave some insight on what the paper's history has been and how it has influenced the black community. Mr. Dixon started with the paper in 1987.
|"The Scott family was a black family from Atlanta that owned the paper. They subsidized the newspaper when they owned it. They all worked on the newspaper--they had someone in advertising, somebody was in editorials, somebody was in photography, and somebody was in management. It was a real family business. It is hard to do this now."||Deborah McDowell in her memoir, Leaving Pipe Shop, talked about the importance of the newspaper in her home. "The Birmingham World was Alabama's oldest black newspaper. Blacks turned to it for reports, announcements of community happenings and for an angle on local and national events missing from the majority paper, the Birmingham News."|
The Birmingham World, similar to other black newspapers served as an alternative paper to blacks that read. They looked for what was missing from the majority paper. They needed something they could relate to. Black newspapers provided just that.
Emory Jackson, the paper's first editor, was known by his predecessors to be a warrior with a pen.