On Juneteenth, and the week following, Raw Story is supporting the Black press in the United States with donations to the Minnesota Spokesman Reporter, the Houston Defender, the Tulsa Oklahoma Eagle, the Los Angeles Sentinel and the Atlanta Voice. We're also making it easy for readers to support the Black press directly.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated annually on the 19th of June to commemorate Union army general Gordon Granger's reading of orders on June 19, 1865 proclaiming that all slaves in Texas were now free. Although the Emancipation Proclamation formally freed American slaves two and a half years earlier, news was slow to reach Texas, the most remote of the slave states. Union troops formally defeated the Confederate States in April 1865.
Why celebrate Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is considered the longest running African American holiday and has been called America's "second Independence Day." Most U.S. states celebrate Juneteenth as a ceremonial or state holiday.
Why is Raw Story supporting the Black press?
Raw Story is known for exposing acts of systemic racism and racial violence. We were among the first to report on Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager killed in 2012 after walking to a convenience store for a pack of Skittles. This year, our stories on the horrific deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and George Floyd in Minneapolis were among our most viewed on Facebook. Half of our biggest stories this year dealt with racism or racial violence.
Our reporting, however, is only part of a larger tradition of racial justice reporting. The National Newspapers Publishers Association, the trade group for America's Black press, represents 205 newspapers across the country. Each week, 20 million Americans turn to NNPA papers.
How can I support the Black press?
A full list of NNPA members can be found here. You can find a paper or news site in your community, or you can support any other paper you choose.
Click the names of the papers below to donate directly.
- Atlanta Voice
- Houston Defender
- Minnesota Spokesman Reporter
- The Omaha Star
- The Tulsa Oklahoma Eagle
- The Washington (D.C.) Informer
What else might I support?
Raw Story staff also donate to historically Black colleges and universities (HCBUs). Of the ninety U.S. universities with endowments of $1 billion or more, none are historically black institutions. Even the wealthiest HCBU, Howard University, with an endowment of $692 million, has just two percent of the endowment of Harvard University.
Historically black colleges were largely created after the Civil War to educate students barred from white institutions. Today, the schools enroll about 20 percent of Black U.S. undergraduates. If you went to a well-off college or university, you might consider giving to a historically black college instead.
Here are quick donation pages for several of the top-ranked HCBUs.
- Spelman College (Atlanta)
- Howard University (Washington, D.C.)
- Xavier University of Louisiana
- Hampton University (Hampton, VA)
- Morehouse College (Atlanta)
- Florida A&M University (Tallahassee, FL)
- Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, AL)
Thanks for joining us in making a gift.
- Roxanne Cooper, Raw Story Publisher
- John Byrne, Raw Story Founder/Partner
- Mike Rogers, Raw Story Partner