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Cloves C. Campbell Jr. has since taken over as publisher for the paper. In fact, he is considered a pioneer of Black leadership who continues to share informational and uplifting stories surrounding the Black community today. Arizona PBS spoke with Mr. Campbell about his accomplishments and why Black representation matters.

Arizona PBS: As the current owner and publisher of the Arizona Informant, what are you doing to ensure that Black history is kept alive in our community?

Cloves Campbell: If you look at our newspaper, our motto has always been that ‘We record Black history every week.’ 98% of the news you read in our publication, you probably won’t read anywhere else. Our goal is to highlight the achievements and accomplishments of the African-American community and make sure we can find those stories — find those individuals — that are doing positive things.

AZPBS: Thinking about the Black Lives Matter movement and the national political climate, do you believe that the Black community is marginalized?

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