P.B. (Plummer Bernard) Young Sr.(July, 1884-October, 1962)
During his 50-year tenure, The Norfolk Journal and Guide became the largest selling black newspaper in the South, and one of the most influential Black papers in the United States. Many critics considered it to be the best edited black newspaper in the country. It garnered P.B. Young Sr. "the Editor of the Year" award from the National Negro Publishers Association in 1960.
Young was an active community leader. He served on the President's Commission on Fair Employment Practices in 1943, and on the educational boards of several predominantly black colleges including Howard University (1934-1948), Hampton Institute (1940-1944), and Virginia State College (1935-1962).
He suffered from respiratory ailments and died of pneumonia on October 9, 1962. His son, Thomas White Young, took over the Guide until his death in 1967.