Self-Publishing has always been a part of the African American experience since the United States of America has always been hostile towards black authors, and towards black journalist, and this is why Governor John Brown Russwurm and Samuel Cornish made history by publishing Freedom’s Journal on March 16, 1827.

The pioneering work of Governor John Brown Russwurm and Samuel Cornish gave birth to the African American Self-Publishing phenomena, and was therefore the principle reason behind Frederick Douglas, and the Southern blacks in the Antebellum South, and Ida B. Wells, and other black Americans taking the time to contribute to Black History by becoming Self-Published black writers and authors and journalists and newspaper editors and business owners and community leaders while proving once and for all that one does not need to go to the dominate white culture for permission or for approval to publish one’s work since God alone gives us our individual abilities and talents. 

Governor John Brown Russwurm and Samuel Cornish also paved the way for the black science fiction writers and for the black comic book writers and for the black horror writers and for all of the other black writers that are presently writing in all of the other genres that you might be familiar with since African Americans are also writing romance novels and sports articles and articles on Metaphysics and fortune telling and automotive repair and carpentry and space and science and bee keeping and photography etc.

Governor John Brown Russwurm and Samuel Cornish used their journalistic skills, and their innate ability to dare to be different, and their courage and their unquenchable desire to create a better world for black Americans, to pave the way for all of the black Americans that would come after them by sending a psychological and an inaudible message on March 16, 1827 that essentially read, “If you have something to say then you should write it down while making it available for the world to see.”

Self-Publishing has been a part of the black experience for over 190 years, and will continue to be a part of the African American experience for many years to come since Self-Publishing is a nearly 200 year old African American tradition, and one that symbolizes the ultimate form of freedom of expression since an editor cannot tell the Independent Author, “No you cannot write that or we need to take this particular passage out since it might offend the President or the Republicans or the Democrats or the Baptists or the Catholics or the Pope or the Governor or the families that became filthy rich off of the African Slave Trade.”

The Self-Published African American author has the freedom to fully express his or herself while adding to American History in the process, and while bringing you a raw and uncut version of his or her copyrighted material that will also be added to Black History.

Self-Publishing has been seen as a “Birthright” by many African American professionals since Governor John Brown Russwurm and Samuel Cornish had dared to be different while slavery was still the law of the land, and while the white power structure was consistently trying to tell black people that they have no intrinsic value, which is patently false, and especially when you take a look at all of the African American inventions that make America what it is today while remembering that a 46-year-old African American inventor and businessman and community leader and newspaperman named Garrett Augustus Morgan, Sr. (March 4, 1877 to August 27, 1963) received U.S. Patent NO. 1,475,074 in the year 1923 for his groundbreaking “Three Position Traffic Signal” that keeps you and I from running into each other.

Garrett Augustus Morgan Senior’s, “Three Position Traffic Signal,” which came into being shortly after Garrett had witnessed a horrific accident, was created some 58 years after Chattel Slavery had officially come to an end in America, and while black Americans were still being discriminated against and openly lynched and beaten and killed by the police.

The white inventors and Self-Publishers and newspapermen were never enslaved in the United States of America, and never had to overcome the levels of difficulty that black Americans have, and still weren’t able to come up with the kinds of inventions that the black slaves and the former black slaves, some of whom who were enslaved Jews from Africa, were able to come up with while demonstrating their intrinsic value.                                       

 Nathaniel Armstrong, Jr.

Cerritos, CA –