In 1969, a group of librarians, teachers, parents, and child development specialists met at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in an all-day workshop entitled "Books that Don't Exist: Literature for Inner city Children." Focusing on the lack of literature by and about Blacks. The workshop fostered task forces on production, relations with publishers, and professional development. An outgrowth of the task forces, Metro Writers Workshop, was formed the following year.
In 1972, a group of East Cleveland, Ohio elementary school teachers, who were developing a Black History Curriculum Guide, asked Metro Writers to produce some supplementary reading materials for them. These pre-civil War stories, "Black History Series I" were the first publication of New Day Press, Inc.
Today, New Day Press, Inc. has an impressive list of titles that are the answer to a long-time need for accurate and interesting literature about American minorities.
New Day Press, Inc. is a non-profit corporation established in 1972. Its mission is "to encourage minority group authors and illustrators to produce literature reflecting the experience of those who have yet to become part of the American mainstream." this helps to fulfill the charge given by James Welson Johnson in the Negro National Anthem:
"Facing the rising sun, of our new day begun, Let us march on, Til victory is won!"
Brief History of New Day Press, Inc.