WGPR-TV Detroit: Building Black Media Infrastructure in the Postrebellion City

  title={WGPR-TV Detroit: Building Black Media Infrastructure in the Postrebellion City},
  author={Annie Laurie Sullivan},
  journal={The Velvet Light Trap},
  pages={32 - 45}
  • A. Sullivan
  • Published 25 February 2019
  • History
  • The Velvet Light Trap
abstract:This article examines the development of the first black-owned and black-operated television station in the United States, WGPR-TV 62 Detroit (1975–94). It argues that WGPR-TV not only challenged local white hegemony by designing black community programs aimed at a local black audience but also developed media infrastructure to intervene in broader racialized systems of civic governance and community advocacy. While this period in Detroit history is largely associated with rising crime… 


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