The Illusion of Inclusion: The Nubian Message in the 1990s
“The Nubian Message has been created to represent the African American community at NCSU totally, truthfully, and faithfully.” So wrote Tony Williamson, the founding editor of NC State’s African American student newspaper, The Nubian Message, in the inaugural issue. Outraged at ongoing and controversial misrepresentations of African Americans in NC State’s main student newspaper, the Technician, Williamson and others organized The Nubian Message to provide African American students with a media voice. “We are not seeking superiority, nor segregation,” Williamson wrote. “[A]ll we want is an equal voice on this campus and with The Nubian Message, the door is open for us to have that voice.”
Williamson and other students distributed the first issue of the paper on November 30, 1992. Because University administration refused to recognize the paper or allow student editors to use NC State media equipment, The Nubian Message staff partnered with North Carolina Central University, a historically African American college, to print the first issue. While NC State administrators permitted students to publish later issues using University equipment, The Nubian Message was not made an official member of the NC State Student Media Authority, through which it could gain funding and advisory support, until March 7, 1994.
 “We’re Here to Stay,” The Nubian Message (Raleigh, NC), March 10, 1994; Special Collection Research Center, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.