It’s a sad fact that in 2022, BBG is still integrating the WV media landscape in many ways, including the presence of four Black women (Kabrea James, Crystal Good, Tiara Brown, and Leeshia Lee, above, from left) at the West Virginia Press Association convention.
Integrating institutional spaces historically dominated by white peopleis not an easy experience. But we did it.
I am and we are resourceful and resilient. We will find a way to keep BBG going and keep showing up, because Black visibility matters.
The archives of the Black press in West Virginia remind us that we are not alone in these struggles.
In 1944 the editor of the West Virginia Black newspaper West Virginia Digest, I.J.K. Wells, reminds us:
“The West Virginia Digest, the people’s paper, will no doubt appear infrequently…. It will not make its weekly schedule for some time. Because you fail to see it every week, don’t think it’s dead. The cause for which it stands cannot die, and because there is a need for a newspaper, this one or some other one will spring up from time to time.”
~ Crystal Good
Publisher/Founder of BBG