Melanian News began in 2002 as a community Newspaper featuring Positive role models of the African American and Latino communities of Northeast Pennsylvania. The publication successfully eliminated the label “undesirables” openly used by the local media sources to describe the influx of “minority” families moving into the area as part of the expansion of corporations relocating to the region; bring with them, their diverse work forces.
The success of the change was accomplished primarily by educating the native residents and the new families arriving, with broader ideals of inclusion and acceptance. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission awarded the publisher for, “Bridging the gap to understanding in Diverse communities”. Melanian News continues online to nurture a broader interest of local, state, national, and global issues that can positively affect greater outcomes for our human relations.
Financial Institutions would not back the S-incorporated publication owned by a single Black woman with five children in spite of the increasing growth so DV Boone created an annual Festival of Unity attracting even more diversity into the community with participation from the African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, Asians, Germans, Italians, and Muslim communities. The event supported dozens of the local non-profit organizations, featured local talent performances and activities for the entire family.
Due to lack of financial support from the community and the lack of organization with human resources, the festival was unable to develop its fullest potential to fund the Newspaper circulation and in 2011 all operations ceased. This website is all that remains and continues the goal to educate, inform, and highlight the role models who inspire their communities.
The editor has faith that one day the right people with the same vision will come together and continue the journey of Melanian News.