founders of The Black Commentator were Peter Gamble,
the late Susan Lubitz Gamble and Glen Ford. Peter
and Glen met in 1973 when they worked together as
network broadcast journalists in Washington, D.C.
Susan served as art director for BC and
created the original color palette and graphic design
of the publication.
The first issue of BC was published
April 5, 2002.
In 1977 Glen and Peter created America's
Black Forum, the first nationally syndicated Black
news interview program on commercial television.
Under their guidance, ABF was quoted weekly by national
and international news organizations. A feat no
other Black news entity has accomplished, before
Gamble who serves BC
as Publisher and Chief Technical Officer, is the
recipient of a national Sigma Delta Chi award for
public service in journalism and numerous other
honors for excellence in reporting and investigative
reporting. The "beats" he covered as a
broadcast journalist ranged from activism in the
streets to the State Department and White House.
The lure of a personal computer on his desk inspired
a career change in 1985 and an immersion into what
he saw as the future of communications. The acquisition
of computer programming skills made it possible
for Peter to achieve an important level of self-reliance
in the technology of the 21st century.
Ford served as Co-publisher of BC
until August of 2006.
joined BC in 2005, after a lengthy
career in corporate finance. She holds a cum laude
BA (Music and Psychology) from the University of
Massachusetts and a Masters in Business Administration
from Northeastern University. She is a member of
Beta Gamma Sigma and Gold Star Families for Peace.
She serves BC as Managing Editor.
BC will challenge
you, listen to you, and treasure your attention.