Bingham family members apologize for Courier Journal race record


Here is the full test of a statement released by historian Emily Bingham and her aunt, Eleanor Bingham Miller, their family diaries’ race history. The family published The Courier Journal from 1918 to 1986, when it was purchased by Gannett.

Emily’s father was Barry Bingham Jr., who was one of Eleanor’s brothers.

“We are pleased that the CourierJournal is reviewing its file covering the black community of Louisville. Our city is in severe pain, and it would be very helpful to undertake a fully documented historical assessment like the Kansas City Star has done. wrote that if we can look directly at the past, “our history does not have to own us.

“We have no doubt that the shortcomings of our family-owned businesses are real – and many. These breaches of ‘public trust’ have damaged black lives and extended white supremacy in our community. The Courier Journal advocated progress for blacks, but only at the pace its owners and editors considered manageable and appropriate. Our constant refrain was “go slow”, “don’t ask for too much at once”, “can’t you see that we’re trying to help you? ”and more.

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At the same time, we are proud of Barry Bingham Sr.’s work with the progressive Southern Conference for Human Welfare. We are aware of the many strong anti-racist editorial positions over the decades of our family’s ownership. Under Barry Bingham, Jr (but only in the early 1970s) Black reporters were actively recruited from the Courier Journal and Louisville Times editorial staff.

“As members of the Bingham family, we deeply regret the damage caused by our family’s monopoly of day-to-day ownership and control. We take responsibility for our damaging actions as individuals and for the actions taken by these companies. are sorry and we offer our apologies with all our hearts. ”

Emily Bingham, Ph.D.

Eleanor Bingham Miller


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