Black Journalists of Modern America: An Oral History
Wallace Terry got the idea to do a book on black journalists while teaching at Howard University. He explains in his Author’s Note why he took on the project: “I picked up an acclaimed book on the history of war correspondents. At first glance, it seemed a perfect selection for a course I was teaching on the role of the foreign correspondent. I was hardly surprised to see that no black correspondents were mentioned, although they had covered World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. Black journalists were usually missing from historical accounts of war.”
“What stunned me, however, was the story of a British correspondent who claimed that he had rescued the bodies of four white journalists murdered by Viet Cong sappers in the Vietnam War. I knew this story was a lie because I was there, and he wasn’t. In reality, the rescue was made by me and another American correspondent. Why, I asked, was I left unmentioned? Was it because I was black? That’s when I made up my mind to research and write a book about black journalists, beginning with World War II and taking them through the civil rights movement in America and the Vietnam War. This work would help fill the missing pages in the history of modern American journalism.”
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|Praise for Missing Pages |
“A treasure trove of history. Terry has done all who wish to know the history of this country better˜ a great favor.
Cynthia Tucker - "A Place at the Table" Columbia Journalism Review (May/June 2007)
"A deeply moving, affecting book, truly a bright, shining light."
Walter Anderson - Parade Magazine - Amazon.com
"MISSING PAGES isn't just about the Jackie Robinsons of journalism. It's also about those who reported for black newspapers and risked their lives covering stories in World War II and the Jim Crow South."
Sharon Broussard - "Pioneering Black Journalists Tell of Early Days in History" The Plain Dealer (July 15, 2007)
"Wally Terry offers his own amazing Vietnam War story in the book's final chapter. It makes for riveting reading."
Marc Leepson - "Wally Terry's Last Contribution: A History of Black Journalists" The VVA Veteran (July/August 2007)