Thomas Clarence Jervay with President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House.
Thomas C. Jervay (1914-1993) took over the leadership of his family printing and newspaper business after his father passed away. In 1945 he changed the name of the newspaper to "The Wilmington Journal," and after his mother passed away concentrated more on the newspaper and less on the printing business, eventually becoming the publisher, editor, general manager and owner of one of the leading African-American newspapers in the South. He was active in newspaper publishers and journalists associations, and openly worked to end discrimination. The newspaper offices were bombed in 1971 during the crisis known as the incident of the Wilmington Ten, causing significant damage to the building. Since his death his children and grand-children have carried on his legacy with the newspaper.
African American newspapers; African American--History
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