Our Community, Our Voice: Photographs from The Villager Newspaper

The Austin History Center presents "Our Community, Our Voice: Photographs from The Villager Newspaper."

Since first publication in 1973, The Villager has served as a free community service weekly with an emphasis on news about Austin’s African American community. Publisher Tommy L. Wyatt made it his mission to report positive news about the black community, countering the negative narrative about African Americans historically reported by mainstream media outlets. Wyatt wanted to create a space for the community to speak for themselves and for every community member to have access to the news. The Villager has been in continuous publication since its founding with a weekly print run of 6,000 issues, a treasure of Austin’s black community for 46 years and counting.

"Our Community, Our Voice: Photographs from The Villager Newspaper" presents a selection of photographs from The Villager Newspaper Photograph Collection (AR.2001.002) that capture local community members in striking images, illustrating the vibrancy of Austin’s black population. Marching bands, community leaders, theater groups, protests, musicians, churches, and neighborhood groups portray life in black Austin through the decades.

An opening reception is planned on Thursday January 30, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe Street. It is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

"Our Community, Our Voice: Photographs from The Villager Newspaper" will be on display January 30 to April 19, 2020.

About the Austin History Center
As the local history collection of the Austin Public Library, the Austin History Center provides the public with information about the history, current events and activities of Austin and Travis County. The Austin History Center collects and preserves information about local governments, businesses, residents, institutions and neighborhoods so that generations to come will have access to their history.

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