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Saturday, February 18, 2017

FERDINAND LEE BARNETT

Feeling Rebloggy
"Although [Ferdinand Lee Barnett] is often remembered today [for marrying and working with] anti-lynching crusader [and NAACP founding member] Ida B. Wells (1862-1931), Barnett was at the time a widely known advocate of racial equality and justice
Barnett founded the Chicago Conservator on January 1, 1878.  It was Chicago’s first and Illinois’s second black newspaper having been preceded in 1862 by the Cairo Weekly Gazette.  Barnett’s four-page six-column Conservator had an approximate circulation of 1,000 in its early years, a remarkable statistic given that Chicago’s black population numbered only 6,480 in 1880, just 1.1 percent of Chicago’s total population. 


Articles on the “race problem,” black participation in politics, and local community news constituted the bulk of the paper’s offerings.  In contrast to later newspapers, which tended to sensationalize racially divisive stories, especially those coming out of the South, the 
Conservator was perceived as even-handed in its coverage yet firm in its insistence upon racial equality.  



In 1882, just four years after founding the 
Conservator, Barnett relinquished editorial control of the paper to devote himself to the practice of law.  


[In J Paula Giddings book SWORD AMONG LIONS about Ida B Well-Barnett, the author reveals that Barnett sometimes sent his wife to investigate lynchings and/or get stories about black people wrongly imprisoned.]

  

Read more about Ferdinand Lee Barnett: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/barnett-ferdinand-lee-1864-1932#sthash.W3uVkxXR.dpuf



BARACK AND MICHELLE OBAMA WERE NOT AMERICA'S FIRST PUBLIC POWER COUPLE.  

IDA B WELLS-BARNETT AND FERDINAND LEE BARNETT WEREN'T THE FIRST BLACK POWER COUPLE EITHER. BUT THEY ARE ONE OF THE MORE AMAZING COUPLES TO READ ABOUT IN BLACK HISTORY.

Read More about IDA B WELLS --before and after she got married. Her story sounds a lot like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King's-- but 100 years earlier.
http://thankherforsurviving.blogspot.com/2015/08/history-ida-b-wells-sword-among-lions.html