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About Jane Rhodes

Rhodes' research interests include race and mass media and African American history and culture. Her book, Framing the Black Panthers: The Spectacular Rise of a Black Power Icon, charts the Black Nationalists' extraordinary rise to the status of media icons, and explains the fascination that the Panthers continue to hold. Lavishly illustrated with many never-before-seen photographs, Rhodes takes the reader from the origins of the Black Panthers to the present day, exploring their transformation into media superstars and symbols of black power. She suggests that the Panthers, with their button-making, newspaper distribution, and irresistible photo-ops, may have been the nations first truly media-savvy activists. Rhodes is a former newspaper and radio reporter and producer who also wrote Mary Ann Shadd Cary: The Black Press and Protest in the Nineteenth Century. She is also the author of a number of articles on race, journalism and mass communication.
EDUCATION: B.A., Syracuse University, 1977; M.A., Syracuse University, 1984; Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1992


Research Interests

Race and mass media and African American history and culture

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  • Exploring Race and Racism
  • Mass Media in Ethnic Communities