Women and the Early Press

What was the first black daily newspaper published in twentieth-century America?

On March 13, 1932, the Atlanta Daily World became the first black daily paper published in twentieth-century America. Although its founder, William A. Scott III, established the paper in 1928, it was at first a weekly and later expanded to become a daily paper. Scott envisioned the paper as an anchor for a chain of operations that he would establish, and he formed the Scott Newspaper Syndicate which, by 1934, printed over forty black newspapers. Scott’s son, C. A. Scott, became editor in 1934 and ran operations until 1997, when he retired. The daily continues to serve metropolitan Atlanta; it is a weekly in print format and a daily online. M. Alexis Scott, granddaughter of the founder, is publisher.


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