Moss Kendrix was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 8, 1917. His early education took place in local public schools. He often bragged that Lena Horne, one of the most celebrated African American female entertainers, was a close childhood friend. Following his graduation from high school, he attended Morehouse in Atlanta, the most prestigious college for African American men. His career in public relations was sparked at Morehouse, where he edited the school newspaper, The Maroon Tiger . It was during his college years that he joined Alpha Phi Alpha, the first African American fraternity. He also co-founded the Phi Delta Delta Journalism Society, the first and only society of its kind for African American journalism students. Following graduation from Morehouse in 1939, he felt the necessity to honor black journalism pioneers by creating National Negro Newspaper Week. Although he was admitted to Howard University Law School in 1939, he ...