The Obsidian Collection is an initiative that seeks to enlighten present and future generations by preservation and dissemination of images of Black life sourced from Black legacy newspapers and Black photographers.
All too often, Black newspapers were the only sources that informed and discussed issues, including racism, political rights, family and social advances, pertinent to Blacks. The origin of Black newspapers in the United States may be traced back to 1827 when Samuel Cornish and John Brown Russworm published the first African-American periodical, Freedom’s Journal. Its creation is best represented by Cornish’s affirmation, “Henceforth Blacks should speak to themselves and for themselves. No other can speak for us.”