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Wilbert 'Bill' Tatum: Black Journalist
01 Apr 2009
Wilbert 'Bill' Tatum was a Black journalist, first, last and always -- as writer, columnist, editor and publisher of the New York Amsterdam News. Tatum, who recently died at 76 while vacationing with his wife, Susan, in Dubrovnik, Croatia, was no longer the paper's publisher, but he was always a presence there.
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Wilbert 'Bill' Tatum: Black Journalist

[col. writ. 3/14/09] (c) '09 Mumia Abu-Jamal

Wilbert 'Bill' Tatum was a Black journalist, first, last and always -- as writer, columnist, editor and publisher of the New York Amsterdam News.

Tatum, who recently died at 76 while vacationing with his wife, Susan, in Dubrovnik, Croatia, was no longer the paper's publisher, but he was always a presence there.

His daughter, Elinor, succeeded him years ago as the editor and publisher, and spoke succinctly and eloquently of her father's accomplishments when she said, "My father understood what being a Black journalist in America was about and knew he had to fight for every single journalist of color. He also had to speak to the general public about Black America and he told stories no one else would and he stood up for what he believed in" (Jet magazine, Mar. 16, 2009, p.28)

Under Tatum, the Amsterdam News was a site where many in the nationalist, radical and cultural community could tell their stories, and that included everything from the Nation of Islam to the Five Percenters; from ex members of the Black Panther Party to the New Black Panther Party. The energetic N. Y. Caribbean and continental African communities had a voice there -- all part of New York's expansive Black community in all of its flavors.

Tatum did what has been rare for Black journalists -- the creation of journalistic institutions that continue to carry on.

Tatum's legacy will long be remembered.

--(c) '09 maj

http://www.prisonradio.org/mumia.htm

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BOSTON EVENT FOR MUMIA, APRIL 24:
A "More Than A Book Party" event will he held in Boston simultaneously with similar events around the US, marking the release of death-row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal's new book Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the U.S.A published by City Lights Books.

Friday, April 24th, 6:30 pm
Boston, MA: Great Hall, Codman Square

637 Washington St,
Dorchester, MA

Featuring:

Dhoruba bin Wahad, former Black Panther Party political prisoner

Soffiyah Elijah, Harvard Law School, on the San Francisco 8

Luis Rosa and Adolfo Matos, former FALN prisoners of war

Ahmad Kawash, Palestinian Political and Cultural Club of Boston and the Qawem Coalition

with music by Bojah and the Insurrection

martial arts demonstration by Jeremy Harrison and Amee Chew

Sponsored by:
Jericho Boston, 4th Friday/Through Barbed Wire, New England Committee to Defend Palestine

For more info: jericho_boston (at) yahoo.com
See also:
http://freemumia.com
http://Abu-Jamal-News.com

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