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ProQuest Historical Newspapers-Black Newspapers

  • Examine the diversity of stances during the civil rights movement, including:  endorsements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or Malcolm X, and the debate about integration and the Negro Baseball Leagues.
  • Follow the crusade against racially restrictive housing covenants.
  • Find obituaries and coverage of community events.
  • Access thorough coverage of international events, such as apartheid in South Africa and Stephen Biko's Nobel Peace prize nomination, often overlooked by other newspapers.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers-Black Newspapers offers primary source material essential to the study of American history and African-American culture, history, politics, and the arts.  Examine major movements from the Harlem Renaissance to Civil Rights, and explore everyday life as written in the Chicago Defender, The Baltimore Afro-American, New York Amsterdam News, Pittsburgh Courier, Los Angeles Sentinel, Atlanta Daily World, The Norfolk Journal and Guide, The Philadelphia Tribune, and Cleveland Call and Post. 

The Black Newspapers collection is cross-searchable with all other ProQuest Historical Newspapers-including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times- allowing researchers to evaluate history from multiple points of view.

The ProQuest historical platform offers powerful and easy-to-use tools, including:  full-page and article images in easily downloadable PDF format, lengthy backfiles, and the ability to search 21 different article types.

Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003) The Atlanta Daily World had the first black White House correspondent and was the first black daily in the nation in the 20th century.

The Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988) was the most widely circulated black newspaper on the Atlantic coast. It was the first black newspaper to have correspondents reporting on World War II, foreign correspondents, and female sports correspondents.

Chicago Defender (1910-1975) A leading African-American newspaper, with more than two-thirds of its readership outside Chicago.

Cleveland Call and Post (1934-1991) was 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.

Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005) is the oldest and largest black newspaper in the western United States and the largest African-American owned newspaper in the U.S.

New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993) This 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.

The Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003) was the only black newspaper to provide on-the-scene, day-to-day coverage of the Scottsboro trial, and was one of the best researched and well written black newspapers of its time.

The 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) was one of the most nationally circulated Black newspapers, the Courier reached its peak in the 1930s.  A conservative voice in the African-American community, the Courier challenged the misrepresentation of African-Americans in the national media and advocated social reforms to advance the cause of civil rights.

The Black Newspapers Collection is also available with ProQuest Black Studies Center, which features journals, Schomburg essays and dissertations and more.

Current coverage of the Los Angeles Sentinel, New York Amsterdam News, and Chicago Defender can be found in ProQuest Newsstand and Ethnic NewsWatch from ProQuest.

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