Oral history interview with Charles H. Loeb, 1971.
Charles Harold Loeb (1905-1978) was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and attended Howard University. In New Orleans, Loeb co-founded the Louisiana Weekly and Southern News Weekly and sold advertising for the Amsterdam News and Atlanta Daily World. In 1933, he joined the staff of the Cleveland Call and Post, working as an advertising salesman, reporter, city editor, and managing editor. In 1947, Loeb published his book The Future Is Yours: The History of the Future Outlook League, 1935-1946.
Scope and Contents
In his 1971 interview with Henry La Brie III, Loeb discusses his early life and education and the circumstances that led to him enter the field of journalism. He names prominent figures he worked with and encountered in his career. Next, Loeb talks about his time working with the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in New York City and his deployment to the Philippines and Japan during World War II. Furthermore, Loeb discusses the impossibility of journalistic objectivity, particularly in the black press; the goals and consequences of the black press; and how race relations in America have changed over the years.