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The Iowa Bystander Provides Communication

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Time Frame: 1864-present

Arlene Roberts-Morris, widow of African-American publisher James Morris, Jr., talks about the role of the newspaper, The Iowa Bystander.

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If it weren’t for the black news media, we would have had no way to communicate what was going on to each other except by word of mouth or by letter. And so the black newspaper The Iowa Bystander was extremely important in that it tried to cover all the areas of the state where there was a black population.


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