True Black is a visual retrospective on African-American press and periodicals.
True Black is a collection of African American periodicals found through Bowie State University, Morgan State University, The Library of Congress, archives.org, and, my father, Jason Murphy's personal collection. Through my research, I found African-Americans periodicals from the Reconstruction Era to the continuing Civil Rights Movement.
I wanted to focus on Black senior citizens in Baltimore because they may have grown up during the time the magazines were printed and their personal narratives could be introduced to the overall collection of Black history.
The panel was intended to not only establish an emotional connection to media representation but capture candid responses to how Black people have been presented in media. Through the panel and one-on-one interview, I wanted to address racial bias in media representation using comparisons between African-American press and mainstream press.