The Lunar Visitor is a 170 year old periodical with the mission "to be devoted to the Moral, Intellectual, and Social movement of the Race".
The Lunar Visitor was first published in 1852 in San Francisco, California by a formerly enslaved preacher, John Jamison (J.J.) Moore of the AME Zion Denomination- church home of Harriet Tubman, the Paul Robeson Family, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and other abolitionists. J.J. Moore found the first AME Zion Churches west of the Mississippi river.
Rev. Moore was the founder and editor of the newspaper. It promoted civil rights and advocated developing institutions for educational, social and political skills useful in working toward a full participation in American Society. When Bishop Moor published the Lunar Visitor in San Francisco in the 1850s, he gave it the mission statement: “To be devoted to the moral, intellectual, and social improvement of the negro race”.
In the year 2019, the Lunar Visitor periodical became a "news outlet of public record" authorized by an ecclesiastical government to publish public and legal notices. It can be found at www.thelunarvisitor.com/public-record.
In the future, the Lunar Visitor Publishing Company has the vision and thirty year goal to become a multi-billion dollar communications, media, and broadcasting company by producing content of value that is in accord our mission statement.
The 2019 Special Edition and relaunching of the periodical, bears witness to the eight generation dynasty of Moore's, that continued in the clerical tradition after their forefather. When Bishop Moor published the Lunar Visitor in San Francisco in the 1850s, he gave it the mission statement: “To be devoted to the Moral, Intellectual, and Social Improvement of the Colored Race”, Today we just say "the race".
It is through this mission that continue the work of the Lunar Visitor. Your support of this Digital Publication will help us in the work of rebuilding our family business and rededicating ourselves to the Moral, Intellectual, and Social Improvement of the race!
The Lunar Visitor Publishing Company is majority owned by The Zion Church of the Evangelical Association, which is an interfaith family Temple founded on November 12th, 1875 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, and was ordained by Bishop John Jamison Moore. The family temple led by clergy and descendants of Bishop Moore. It is headquartered at 2426 Jerome Avenue, Dayton, Ohio, and it is tasked with the duty of ministering to Orphans and Widows.
The Temple government is led by a Premier (a Prime Minister) and 12 Department heads. The Zion Church of the Evangelical Association is also known as the Kingdom of Shabazz and the Zionst Temple of 1875 for Orphans and Widows.
H.A. Jabar OdoKhan EL is the second editor and publisher of the Lunar Visitor Publishing Company. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, a Certified Paralegal, an author of three books & creator of the 'Culturally Relevant Curriculum Toolkit', an Ordained Minister, a Research Analyst, Special Advisor, & Custodian of the Moor Zion Family Library.
It is our to desire to work with students, especially HBCU students, and others that are interested in journalism, publishing, writing, advertising, marketing, business administration, and the like to develop this periodical into an internationally recognized publication.
Some sections we hope to publish in the future:
The Lunar Visitor is eager to work with college aged (and up) students, and freelance writers that are looking to build their portfolio of published articles. If you are looking for an opportunity to showcase your writing and journalistic skills with an established news outlet email MoorZionTP@gmail.com for more information, and put "Lunar Visitor Staff Writer" in the subject line!