Black newspapers were created to provide Black news angles to counteract the white-dominated news. Now, these keepsakes will be digitized into a significant collection of Black newspaper archives.

On Monday, Howard University received a $2 million grant to its Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. The research center will digitize its Black Press Archives of more than 2,000 newspapers from the United States, Africa, and the African diaspora.

Years ago, mainstream news excluded the voices of Black people. The angles in newspapers did not include how they felt about the events taking place during the civil rights era. Black experiences from protests, the racism they experienced, arrests, or how it affected their lives could not be found in daily print except in the Black media like The Black Press Archives.

The grant was awarded by the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, which supports organizations that focus on social justice through investigative journalism and documentary film. The digitized Black Press Archives will be the most extensive collection of its kind globally.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, founder of the Center for Journalism and Democracy at Howard, believes preserving this history is critical to saving to share with others.