Moses Newson

Every Case Seemed Similar But Different

Moses Newson is one of four journalists who accompanied the Freedom Riders on the initial ride that left Washington D.C. on May 4, 1961 headed for New Orleans. He was present when the bus was attacked and burned by a white mob led by Klansmen outside of Anniston, Alabama. Before accompanying the Freedom Riders, Newson had covered the Emmett Till case trial in Mississippi; desegregation efforts in Hoxie, Arkansas and Clinton, Tennessee as well as the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Later he reported on the desegregation of the University of Mississippi

He has also covered four national political conventions, problems in Panama and Jamaica, independence in the Bahamas, post civil war in Nigeria, and events in South Africa and Cuba. Moses Newson worked five years at the Memphis Tri-State Defender and twenty years at the Baltimore Afro-American, the last ten of those years as the newspaper’s executive editor. He is the co-author of Fighting for Fairness: The Life Story of Hall of Fame Sportwriter Sam Lacy and a retired Public Affairs Specialist from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.