For decades, the Black press corps has been the vanguard of the Black community’s history and the guardian of our future. It has been one of the few institutions that has acknowledged our pain while making space for our promise. Both the journalists and the publishers who employ its members have been critical in telling our stories in an accurate and balanced way. They have also forced larger outlets to pay attention to the issues of importance to our communities.And now, as we sit at the crossroads of progress and retrogression, our hope lies in strengthening this storied institution. The challenges facing our community are serious. In multiple states there are attempts to roll back access to the ballot. In communities across the country, Black and poor people live under the daily threat of gun violence. Even in education, Black people and other marginalized groups are fighting for high-quality instruction. Black educators and others are also being told that they cannot discuss this nation’s complicated history with race and racism, with bans on critical race theory. The hope for our future lies, in part, on a thriving Black press.