HOW THE A. M. E. CHURCH REVIEW CAME INTO
BY BISHOP B. T. TANNER, FIRST EDITOR A. M. E. REVIEW.
Little did we think upon issuing the first number of the
REVIEW, that either of us would be spared to see twenty-
five years pass away; and as it relates to the REVIEW, with-
out the loss of a single issue. The fact is, when the REVIEW
first appeared, we were so glad to see it, that no thought
additional was entertained. As glad were we as is the
maiden-mother, when first she hears the word, that to her
a man-child is born. And now with these twenty-five
years behind us, we are asked to tell how it all came about
-how with the columns of the Recorder at our command
and at the command of all men and women of the Church
and race, who wrote, we still found ourselves hanker-
ing after a Review. What is the difference between a
church paper, and a Church Review or Magazine? We are
living in times when changes of fact and judgment move
with rapidity upon the human kaleidoscope.
As a result, the difference between a weekly and Maga-
zine or Review, was indefinitely greater then than it is
now. As a matter of fact, the difference between the two
in these days is scarcely discernible. What is the "In-
dependent?" A Newspaper or a Review? And the "Out-
look?" and the "New York Tribune" itself? and the Sun-
day editions of any of the great metropolitan newspapers?
This was not so twenty-five years ago. Then the distinc-
tion between two such publications was perfectly distinct.
Now, however, the newspaper has so grown, that it may
be said to tread on the heels of the magazine. The foot-
men may really be said to have overtaken the horsemen.