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East Texas couple prints free newspaper for black community

Stacey Spivey

POSTED: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 10:35pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 3:27pm

February is black history month, but one East Texas couple is honoring and printing copies of black history every month of the year. The Texas Informer is Cherokee County's first and only newspaper for the black community. It was started in 1995 by Walter and Maxine Session who saw a need for one in Rusk after seeing several available to the black community in Dallas. Maxine said they needed it "because they were filled with so much positive news about black people."

"We wanted to show some positive things that blacks do in the community, on the job, and in their lives," said Walter Session. The husband and wife place free copies all across town. Anyone can pick up copies in the grocery stores, business, barber and beauty shops, and churches. There is also an online version.  Both say it's not about money, but Maxine said that it has "been about putting positive images out here and telling the stories."

The paper tells inspiring stories about East Texans, including one of the first issues about minister Jerry Leviston. He said the paper does a great job showcasing his community, and giving the youth positive role models to look up to. "It lets us know and it let the children know, what has gone on in the past, what's going on now, and what they can do if they just make the effort," said Leviston, and he thanks God for the "upward mobility I believe because of the influence of the newspaper."

Check out the Texas Informer's online edition by clicking here.

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This is wonderful...though I am White (or because I am), I applaud the Black community for highlighting positive activity and issues to uplift, encourage, support and encourage others who read the articles. Everyone is battered with bad news in all other media, so news that also brings hope, laughter, positive information and the truth is ALWAYS better. Good job, Mr. and Mrs. Session!!

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