Black News and News Makers in History: Dr. Louis Roundanez and the New Orleans Tribune

African American news from Pasadena - Black News and News Makers in History recognizes Dr. Louis Roundanez and the New Orleans Tribune this week in Black history.In 1864, Dr. Louis Charles Roundanez founded "The New Orleans Tribune". It began as a tri-weekly, but soon became an influential daily. Belgian scientist Jean-Charles Houzeau became managing editor of the New Orleans Tribune that year. Ardently sympathetic to the plight of Louisiana's African American population and reveling in the fact that his dark complexion led many people to assume he was African American himself, Houzeau passionately embraced his role as the Tribune's editor and principal writer. It stopped publishing on February 28, 1869, but in 1985, publishing began again and, in 2010, it celebrates 25 years in print.

The Tribune started publishing 146 years ago. It was the first African American daily newspaper in the United States. Then, as now, it is dedicated to social justice and civil rights for all Louisiana citizens.

Like his successors, Roudanez broke new ground in American journalism. Born in St. James parish and reared in New Orleans, Roudanez studied medicine in Paris, France, where he earned his first degree. He received a second medical degree at New Hampshire's Dartmouth College. Roudanez used his newspaper and medical practice to bridge the gap between African-Americans and the majority population.

So when you pick up a copy of the modern New Orleans Tribune, you are not only picking up one of the most respected African American community newsmagazines in America, you are sharing a part of history -- a contemporary publication that speaks to the issues of today as eloquently and as forcefully as Roudanez did then.

We don't publish The Tribune in French and English the way Roudanez did in the 1860s. But we think he would have been proud of how well our Tribune speaks the language of the modern African-American experience.

Presently the New Orleans Tribune is a monthly news magazine targeted to the upscale African-American community. Founded in 1985 by Dr. Dwight and Beverly McKenna, they have taken up Dr. Roundanez' torch in part to honor his amazing journalistic legacy.

Tribune has earned a reputation as a fearless, pioneering advocate for social, economic and political issues often ignored by the mainstream press. Monthly features and departments highlight prominent government, business and community leaders, and feature topical stories on education, health, arts/entertainment, government, business, and technology.

Excerpts and compilation from http://id3410.securedata.net/theneworleanstribune/aboutus.htm and http://www.anothershadeofcolor.com.


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