Kimberley Mangun

Academic Historian

Kimberley Mangun is an associate professor of communication at The University of Utah, where she teaches reporting; conceptual classes on communication history, alternative media, and diversity; and a graduate seminar on historical research methods. Mangun studies the African American press and representations of women, race, and ethnicity in communication history, subjects she became interested in while in graduate school. Her award-winning book, published by Oregon State University Press in 2010, examined the career of Beatrice Morrow Cannady, an editor and publisher who advocated for civil rights in Portland, Oregon, from 1912 until 1936. Mangun’s book was used as the basis for an Oregon Public Broadcasting documentary that premiered in May 2007 and continues to air regularly on OPB.  Mangun’s research has been published in American Journalism, Journalism History, Newspaper Research Journal, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, African American National Biography, and other print and online publications.

Emory O. Jackson, the Birmingham World, and the Fight for Civil Rights in Alabama

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” In the article below, Kimberley Mangun, an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah, describes her ongoing research on the Birmingham (Alabama) World and its longtime editor, Emory O. Jackson. Mangun is writing a cultural biography … Read MoreEmory O. Jackson, the Birmingham World, and the Fight for Civil Rights in Alabama

Beatrice Morrow Cannady and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Oregon, 1912-1936

Image Courtesy of Barbara J. Redwine In the article below, Kimberley Mangun, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at The University of Utah, describes how she “discovered” Beatrice Morrow Cannady, an editor who spent nearly 25 years advocating civil rights in Oregon. Cannady … Read MoreBeatrice Morrow Cannady and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Oregon, 1912-1936

The Advocate, Portland, Oregon (1903-1936)

Image Ownership: Public Domain “With this issue The Advocate makes its initial bow to the Portland public as an independent, non-partisan, non-sectarian weekly newspaper for the intelligent discussion and authentic diffusion of matter appertaining to the colored people, especially of Portland and the State of … Read MoreThe Advocate, Portland, Oregon (1903-1936)

Beatrice Hulon Morrow Cannady (1889-1974)

Civil rights activist, ambassador of interracial goodwill, editor and publisher of the (Portland) Advocate, Oregon’s first African American female to practice law — Beatrice Morrow Cannady spent nearly 25 years working for equal rights for Oregon’s two thousand black citizens. Born in 1889 in Littig, … Read MoreBeatrice Hulon Morrow Cannady (1889-1974)