November 16, 1995 - Issue: Vol. 141, No. 182 — Daily Edition104th Congress (1995 - 1996) - 1st Session
IN TRIBUTE TO THE BAY STATE BANNER; Congressional Record Vol. 141, No. 182
(Extensions of Remarks - November 16, 1995)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E2198] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] IN TRIBUTE TO THE BAY STATE BANNER ______ HON. JOSEPH P. KENNEDY II of massachusetts in the house of representatives Thursday, November 16, 1995 Mr. KENNEDY of Massachusetts. Mr. Speaker, I rise to pay tribute to a great institution of journalism in Boston. The Bay State Banner recently celebrated the anniversary of its 30-year commitment to providing information and filling a communication void among the African-American community in Boston. Thirty years ago, there was no African-American newspaper in Boston and the major media rarely noticed the black community except to report crime. This critical media vacuum kept the community uninformed about major issues affecting its welfare. The Banner's goal has always been to enable African-Americans to assume responsibility for their own welfare and advancement. In 1965, that meant providing the information necessary to prepare blacks for their new and unaccustomed legal status. Today, the Bay State Banner still educates, informs, and unites the African-American community in Boston with its legacy of self- empowerment. ``Unity, Progress, Let's Do It Ourselves'' was the founding slogan and focus of the paper. Boston's black community shares that legacy with the Banner, never shying away from the many challenges it has faced and continues to face. With these challenges, the Banner is needed now as much as ever. I would like to congratulate them on 30 years of hard work and success, and wish them many more years of continued prosperity. ____________________