Comprehensive Timeline

1827 | 1843 | 1861 | 1865 | 1879 | 1885 | 1893 | 1905 | 1912 | 1918

1923 | 1929 | 1939 | 1942 | 1945 | 1950 | 1956 | 1965 | 1973 | 1975

Founding of Freedom’s Journal at
5 Varick Street in downtown NYC
March 16, at 5 Varick Street in downtown NY

July 4, 1827
Slavery abolished in NY State for African Americans over 40
over 10,000 Slaves freed

Russwurm emigrates to Liberia, serves as Governor of the Monrovia until his death in 1851.
While in Liberia, he establishes a paper, The Liberian Herald.

David Walker’s Anti-Slavery Pamphlet, Walker’s Appeal Published

May 29, 1829
Samuel Cornish continues publication of Freedom’s Journal under
the new name The Rights of All
(Rights of All ceases publication October 9, 1829).

Samuel Cornish edits The Colored American
(formerly named The Weekly Advocate)

Top 1843
Martin R. Delaney begins publishing The Mystery in
Pittsburgh, PA

Mary Ann Shadd Cary publishes prototype for The Provinical
Freeman (Windsor), a pro-emigration paper urging black
Americans to leave the US and come to Canada after the passage
of The Fugitive Slave Law

The Alienated American (Cleveland, OH)

The Christian Recorder, official organ of the A.M.E. Church,
longest running African American newspaper

The Mirror of the Times is the first black paper in California), published in San Francisco, CA by Melvin Gibbs

The Anglo-African magazine in NY city (Thomas Hamilton)

Douglass Monthly published (Published until 1863)

John Brown Raid at Harpers Ferry, WV

Top April 12, 1861
Beginning of Civil War (attack on Fort Sumter, SC by Confederacy)
By this time over 40 black owned and operated papers
had been established throughout the United States

Douglass’ Monthly-begins appeal for Black men in the north
to heed the call to join the Union Army (the best way to win
equality-a "double battle" like the Double V campaign)

January 1, 1863
Emancipation Proclamation

New Orleans Tribune, first black daily newspaper in the United
States, published in French and English

Thomas Morris Chester, first black correspondent for a major
daily paper, The Philadelphia Press during Civil War

Top 1865
End of Civil War (Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrenders to
Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in
VA)on April 9


The New Orleans Louisianan (first semi-weekly-P.B.S. Pinchback)

James Spelman - special correspondent to New York Tribune
to report on the Reconstruction from Mississippi
(later editor of Baptist Messenger)

The Conservator (first published by DeBaptiste-later by
Ferdinand Barnett and Ida B. Wells)

Top 1879
John James Neimore founds The Owl in Los Angeles, California,
name later changed to The California Eagle

T. Thomas Fortune becomes editor of The Rumor
(name later changed to The New York Globe)

The Cleveland Gazette (H.C. Smith)

T. Thomas Fortune becomes publisher of The New York Freeman (later called The New York Age)
Gertrude Mossell begins first black woman’s weekly column
in the New York Freeman, her "Our Woman’s Department" column
appears in the first issue of the newspaper (December)

Philadelphia Tribune
(publisher and editor, Christopher J. Perry)

Top 1885
The Star of Zion (John Dancy)
Delilah Beasley-begins writing for mainstream paper
(Cincinnati Enquirer)

Indianapolis Freeman - first illustrated journal (Edward Elder Cooper)

Ida B. Wells and partners publish Memphis Free Speech

Associated Correspondents of Race Newspapers formed

John H. Murphy Sr., a whitewasher and Sunday school superintendant, purchases the Afro-American

Top 1893BR> Ida B. Wells writes article denouncing lynching of three local black grocerymen in Memphis, in retaliation white mob vandalizes printing office, fortunately Wells is not in town, her paper-The Memphis Free Speech - is forced to shut down. Ida B. Wells subsequently begins anti- lynching crusade in earnest
Chicago World’s fair, Columbian World Expo

The Woman’s Era published by Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin
(first newspaper written for and by women), official organ of
The National Association of Colored Women

Indianapolis Recorder

February 20, 1895
Death of Frederick Douglass

Plessy v/s Ferguson

November 9, 1901
Boston Guardian (William Monroe Trotter)

Top May 1905
Robert S. Abbott launches Chicago Defender

Pittsburgh Courier established by Edwin Nathaniel Harleston,
Robert L. Vann later becomes publisher, editor, and treasurer

December 4, 1909
James H. Anderson establishes Amsterdam News as a weekly

Norfolk Journal and Guide purchased by P.B. Young Sr.

NAACP founded, Crisis magazine published, official
organ of the NAACP, edited by W.E.B.
Du Bois

Top 1912
St. Louis Argus (founded by Joseph Edward Mitchell)

May 1912
Charlotta Bass buys Eagle at public auction for $50 and
becomes its owner and publisher (she establishes activist tradition with crusade against Birth of A Nation)

July 28, 1914
Beginning WWI

Oklahoma Black Dispatch (Roscoe Dungee-Oklahoma City)

Great Migration (migration to north) peaks after its encouragement in pages of Chicago Defender

November 14, 1915
Death of Booker T. Washington

The Messenger, published by A. Philip Randolph and Chandler Owen

April 6, 1917
U.S. enters WWI

Top 1918
Marcus Garvey’s Negro World established

November 11, 1918
WWI ends

The Call (Kansas City - founded by C.A. Franklin)

The Chicago Whip (competitor to Chicago Defender - printed until 1939)

"Red Summer" - series of race riots in several cities across
the United States including in Chicago, New York, Washington, DC, and Longview, TX

March 1919
Claude Barnett founds The Associated Negro Press (ANP)

August 26, 1920
19th Amendment (suffrage for women)

Race Riot - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Top 1923
Opportunity: A Journal of Negro Life, official organ of the
Urban League, editor: Charles S. Johnson

Louisiana Weekly (founded by C.C. Dejoie)

Chicago Bee (founded by Anthony Overton-staffed
entirely by women)

Robert Jervay begins the Cape Fear Journal (later called
Wilmington Journal under Thomas Jervay)

William Alexander Scott publishes The Atlanta Daily World, the first successful black daily newspaper (the paper becomes a daily in 1932)

St. Louis American (A.N. Johnson, Nathan Young, Nathaniel Sweets)

Top 1929
Double V (in Chicago, The Chicago Whip launches "Don’t Buy Where You Can’t Work" campaign, eventually a nationwide campaign supported by
black newspapers across the country)

October 24, 1929
Stock Market Crash (beginning Great Depression)

Robert Vann of the Pittsburgh Courier gives speech in
Cleveland - Patriot and the Partisan: "...turn Lincoln’s
picture to the wall..."

Los Angeles Sentinel founded by Leon Washington

American Newspaper Guild-1st newspaper guild at a
Black newspaper

June 22, 1937
Joe Louis wins boxing heavyweight title after knocking out James Braddock
(Madison Square Garden, NY)

Top 1939
First regular television broacasts in the United States

September 1, 1939
Start of World War II after Germany invades Poland

Death of Robert S. Abbott his nephew, John Sengstacke, takes over company

Death of Robert Vann

December 7, 1941
Attack on Pearl Harbor forcing U.S. to declare war on axis powers on following day

Dorie Miller, 22 year old navy messman first class on board battleship
Arizona shoots down 4 Japanese planes, made hero by black press,
receives Navy Cross, an award given for heroism in battle

Top 1942
Marvel Cooke joins staff of People’s Voice
(owned by Adam Clayton Powell)

FBI begins unofficial investigation of black press

Pittsburgh Courier begins Double V campaign

John Sengstacke meets with Attorney General Francis Biddle

Army Intelligence (G-2) looks into process of preventing distrib.
on Army posts

Major Race Riots - Harlem, Detroit, Beaumont, TX, and
Los Angeles

February 8, 1944
Harry S. Alpin, a reporter for the National Negro Press and
Atlanta Daily World, becomes first African-American allowed
to attend White House conferences

Top August 1945
Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
September 2, 1945
Japan signs surrender agreement, end of WWII

Louis Lautier, Washington Bureau Chief of The Negro
Newspapers Publishers Association becomes first African
American accredited to the United States Senate and
House Press Galleries

April 10, 1947
Jackie Robinson breaks into major league baseball,
signs contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers

June 17, 1947
Alice Allison Dunnigan, a beat reporter for the ANP,
becomes the first black woman certified to cover the White
House and the State Department

Top 1950
Marvel Cooke becomes 1st full time black female reporter at a mainstream press - the Daily Compass

Ethel Payne begins work at The Chicago Defender
(becomes full time in 1951)

June 25, 1950
Start of Korean War

December 10, 1950
Ralph Bunche becomes first African American recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize

July 27, 1953
End of Korean War

May 17, 1954
Brown v/s Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas

Lucille Bluford becomes executive editor of Kansas City Call

Top 1956
Montgomery Bus Boycott

February 5, 1956
Percival Prattis, executive editor of The Pittsburgh Courier,
becomes first African American admitted to National Press Club

Beginning of Vietnam War

June 1960
Elijah Muhammed founds Muhammed Speaks (a weekly), the official organ of the
Nation of Islam

August 28, 1963
Martin Luther King delivers famous
"I Have a Dream" speech during March on Washington

California Eagle Shuts down
Passage of Civil Rights Act (bans discrimination on the basis
of race, color, national origin, religion, sex)

December 10, 1964
Martin Luther King Jr. accepts Nobel Peace Prize
(2nd African American to receive award)

Pittsburgh Courier sold

Top February 21, 1965
Malcolm X assassinated at Audubon Ballroom (Harlem, NY)

April 11-21, 1965
Watts Riots (Los Angeles, CA)

Black Panther Paper (based in Oakland, CA)

March 2, 1968
Release of Kerner Commission Report

April 4, 1968
Martin Luther King Jr. assassinatedin Memphis, TN

Top 1973
Association of Black Journalists established in Philadelphia
(predecessor to NABJ)

Hazel Garland, editor-in-chief of Pittsburgh Courier,
becomes first black female head of black newspaper chain circulated
nationally in US

Top 1975
End of Vietnam War

December 12, 1975
National Association of Black Journalists founded in
Washington, DC by 44 black news reporters