In 1847, 172 years ago, Frederick Douglass and Martin Delany started The North Star as the leading abolitionist newspaper of the day. They spoke truth to power and unashamedly used journalism as a tool to fight for freedom.
Now, with the blessing and permission of the family of Frederick Douglass, activist and journalist Shaun King and his associate Ben Dixon are reviving The North Star. The new North Star will be published online and will generate podcasts, rather than produce a printed version.
The founders are not accepting venture capital funding or commercial support. The effort will be funded by the public. Basic memberships are $5 per month for students and $10 per month for the general public. The North Star had set a goal to have 25,000 members by the end of 2018 and 100,000 members by the end of 2019. But to date, there are less than 20,000 members.
Keisha Blain has been named editor in chief of The North Star. Dr. Blain currently teaches history at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018).
Dr. Blain holds a bachelor’s degree in history and Africana studies from Binghamton University in New York and a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University in New Jersey.
A video about the project can be viewed below.