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Frederick Douglass founded the anti-slavery newspaper, The North Star, in 1847. He believed in the essential role of literacy to ensure equity, democracy, and social justice.
Credit: Frederick Douglass Digital Newspaper Collection. Library of Congress, Serial and Government Publications Division Smithsonian Institution

Media Literacy

What is media literacy?

Media literacy enables you to think critically about the meaning and use of different types of media. In other words, with media literacy, you decide for yourself what the media is trying to convey, how you feel about it, and how to react to it. Media literacy also helps you to create different forms of media in thoughtful, responsible ways.


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