This is the 4th installment of a 5 part series on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Bill Nunn Jr. from the upcoming book “Portrait of Eternity; The Life and Journey of Bill Nunn Jr.,” by Aubrey Bruce.
The voice of Blackness
It was 1973, change was not only in the air, change oxygenated and enriched the very atmosphere in which we existed. A young and exuberant Ulish Carter, currently the managing editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier had just graduated from college and talks about those fertile yet volatile times.
“My dream was to work for a Black newspaper.” Carter explains. “My top three choices were the Afro American in Washington, DC, Muhammad Speaks, and the Pittsburgh Courier. I had studied the Courier. Bill Nunn Jr. and Wendell Smith were my heroes along with Sam Lacy of the Afro American. Those guys were not only sportswriters but they were the greatest sportswriters out there, so when I came to Pittsburgh I already knew about Bill Nunn Jr. I didn’t know his father was as big as he had been with the Courier but because I was a sportswriter I definitely knew who he (Bill Nunn Jr.) was.