Jack the Rapper, Trade Publication


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Jack the Rapper, Trade Publication


Box 8 Folder 59: "Moving along to folder 60 is a piece from… anyways…. Alright and this is… this has a two copies as well as the original issue of Jack the Rapper. This came out in January 11, 1989, Issue #666, America’s oldest largest circulated black trade publication. I don’t think it’s in existence anymore but we used to get them at the station all the time. Jack the Rapper was in touch with black DJs, black music people all across the country. And as a matter of fact I wrote to him before I went to WJLD to see what he thought about me doing a syndicated show, or more pointedly a radio show on 1950s music and doo-wop and vocal groups and so forth, and he answered me saying that ...and I sent him a taped sample of what I could do... and he said “I think you should consider doing that as a syndicated show,” but at least I got an answer. Anyway, the cover of this particular issue is a remembrance of Dr. King. His life and it has his date of birth and date of passing but also a speech that Dr. King gave to the American Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters back in August, 1967 giving a lot of credit to various broadcasters who had done good work in the interests of civil rights, and he mentions very specifically Tall Paul White. He says “No one knows the importance of Tall Paul White and the massive non-violence demonstrations of the youth of Birmingham in 1963” ...and goes on to talk about Pervis Spann and the Mississippi summer project and Georgie Woods in Philadelphia. The significance of this is now that speech is accessible on Youtube where you can hear him say what he has to say about Paul White and you can hear this huge amount of applause that took place immediately after mentioning his name. So Paul and his contribution and his courage were really noteworthy by his peers during the period of crisis, 1967, when this speech was made, and flies in the face of a lot of people who would like to lay claim as radio broadcasters to inspiring the Birmingham masses when most people know it was Paul "Tall Paul" White and his work. It’s a speech worth reading."



“Jack the Rapper, Trade Publication,” The Birmingham Black Radio Museum, accessed April 10, 2021, http://thebbrm.org/item/527.

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