The Press: South African Drumbeats

In the teeming Negro and colored shantytowns of Johannesburg, where newspapers and magazines are a rarity, a truck piled high with magazines rumbled through the unpaved streets last week. Wherever it stopped, hundreds of people swarmed about it, buying the magazine: The African Drum. A 5ยข Life-size monthly, Drum has in less than three years become the leading spokesman for South Africa's 9,000,000 Negro and colored population. In South Africa, torn by racial strife, Drum's popularity is easily xplained. "We air the views and grievances of the blacks," says Publisher James R. Bailey, a...

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