Shaun King Relaunches the North Star
Writer and civil rights activist Shaun King is relaunching The North Star -- an abolitionist newspaper named for the star, Polaris, that was often used as a guide for those seeking freedom in the North. The paper originally launched by Frederick Douglass and Martin Delany in 1847 when slavery was still in full force. King, who has the blessing of the Douglass family, will relaunch the magazine with his friend, Ben Dixon. While The North Starwas originally a print newspaper, this go-round it will be a news app, website, collection of podcasts, and an online nightly news broadcast. “We’re not just here to change the news — we aim to change the world,” King writes. The pair is aiming to have 100,000 people to assist in their November 15th launch. Since the announcement, more than 70,000 people have signed up to help. More here.