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“It’s an honor to have you here today,” he said to the assembled Courier staff. “It’s impossible to put into a proclamation all that the Courier has done and what it has meant to people. But we wanted to recognize you for the fine work you do.”
|CENTENNIAL—District 6 Councilman Daniel Lavelle presents New Pittsburgh Courier Editor and Publisher Rod Doss and staff with a proclamation celebrating the newspaper’s 100-year anniversary. March 30 was proclaimed Pittsburgh Courier Day.
Lavelle noted the paper’s national and local editions, published not only in Pittsburgh, but also Ohio, New York, Louisiana and Texas. He also noted that luminaries such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, James Weldon Johnson and Zora Neal Hurston contributed to the Courier as columnists, joining the likes of pioneering journalist and war correspondent, Frank Bolden.
The proclamation also noted the paper’s World War II “Double V” campaign, which stood for victory abroad against fascism and victory at home against segregation. It also highlighted the Courier’s contribution to desegregating professional sports, championed by sportswriter Wendell Smith.
Following the unanimous approval of council declaring March 30, 2010 New Pittsburgh Courier Day in Pittsburgh, Lavelle handed the proclamation to Editor and Publisher Rod Doss, who thanked council, his staff and the community for making the recognition possible.
“New Pittsburgh Courier Day, I like that,” he said. “Down through the years, many gifted writers and photographers told the story exclusive to a people who otherwise could not see themselves in a positive light in other media. Their stories were celebrated in the pages of the Courier. They lifted a community and inspired them to new heights and allowed many to see a world of Black accomplishment they never would have seen otherwise.”
And though the Courier has produced many celebrated writers and photographers throughout its history, Doss noted that their work might not have been seen if not for those who worked behind the scenes to make the Courier a reality.
“The many lesser-known individuals who daily have the same commitment to excellence, a passion to persevere and overcome—they are the heart and soul of this organization that pulls together to produce each single copy of our newspaper,” he said, then introducing the staff, added. “It is on their behalf that I graciously accept this award.”
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