By the 1890s, the growth in the number of Black women journalists writing for Black newspapers became more evident. Among these women was Carrie Langston  of Lawrence KansasA journalist herself, she was the daughter of civil rights activist Charles Langston and mother of poet Langston Hughes. Before her marriage, she wrote for a family-operated newspaper, The Atchison Blade

In 1892, Carrie Langston refuted what she called “the male notion” that females were contented with their lot.  She criticized men who attempted to relegate women to an inferior position in society and encouraged Black women to become more involved in politics, a position also espoused by Ida B. Wells, another early journalist.  (from African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850-1920, Terborg-Penn, p. 58.)

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