Afro Black History ArchivesSearchable database of African American newspapers also available on Google News Archive.
Afro-American (Baltimore, 1902-1957)
Afro-American Ledger (Baltimore, 1906-1917)
Baltimore Afro-American 1943-2003
Washington Afro-American 1938-1988
The Broad Ax (Chicago, 1921-1922)From Understanding Hate in America: White nationalism & the press in the 1920s. Weekly newspaper that began publication in Salt Lake City, Utah, by Julius F. Taylor. After a series of conflicts with the Latter Day Saints, Taylor relocated the newspaper to Chicago. The Broad Ax has been described as "the most controversial black newspaper in Chicago in the late nineteenth century," in some ways due to its criticism of Booker T. Washington.
The California Eagle (Los Angeles, 1914-1964)he California Eagle, the West's oldest African-American newspaper, was published from 1879-1964. John James Neimore established it in Los Angeles as The California Owl in 1879, to ease black settlers' transition to the West. The paper provided housing & job information, and other information essential to surviving in a new environment. It evolved into one of the leading papers of the day while under the control of Charlotta A. Bass and her husband, John Bass. Charlotta Bass assumed control of The Owl following the death of Neimore in 1912, and renamed it The California Eagle.
Cleveland Call & Post (1934-1991)Founded by Garrett Morgan, inventor of the gas mask and traffic light. Contributors included noted journalists Charles H. Loeb and John Fuster. The newspaper is well known for its support of the Scottsboro trial defendants with letters, clothing, stamps, and donations to the defense fund.
New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993)The leading Black newspaper of the 20th century reached its peak in the 1940s. The Amsterdam News was a strong advocate for the desegregation of the U.S. military during World War II, and also covered the historically important Harlem Renaissance.
Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)The oldest continuously published black newspaper, is dedicated to the needs and concerns of the fourth largest black community in the U.S. During the 1930s the paper supported the growth of the United Way, rallied against the riots in Chester, PA, and continuously fought against segregation.
Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002)One of the most nationally circulated Black newspapers, the Pittsburgh Courier reached its peak in the 1930s. A conservative voice in the African-American community, the Pittsburgh Courier challenged the misrepresentation of African-Americans in the national media and advocated social reforms to advance the cause of civil rights.
Richmond Planet (1889-1930)First published in 1882, and founded by 13 former Richmond slaves, The Planet covered local, national, and international news, especially focusing on segregation, the depredations of the Ku Klux Klan, voting rights, and the scourge of lynching.