★ Independent Black-Owned Newspapers in the United States

“Henceforth Blacks should speak to themselves and for themselves. No other can speak for us.”
—Samuel Cornish, publisher of Freedom’s Journal, the first African-American owned and operated newspaper published in the US.

Freedom's Journal
Freedom’s Journal:
the 1st African American owned and operated newspaper in the U.S.

The following is a list of independent, Black-owned newspapers.  Most are members of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA).

The Philadelphia Tribune, founded in 1884 by Christopher James Perry, Sr., is America’s oldest and largest daily (published 5 days a week) newspaper serving the African-American community.

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Larry Lee, President of The Sacramento Observer

Birmingham TimesBirmingham, AL
Greene County DemocratEutaw, AL
Speakin’ Out NewsHuntsville, AL
Arizona InformantPhoenix, AZ
American NewsSan Bernadino, CA
Black Voice NewsRiverside, CA
California AdvocateFresno, CA
Inland Valley NewsUpland, CA
L.A. Focus NewspaperLos Angeles, CA
L.A. Watts Times Inc. Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles SentinelLos Angeles, CA
Los Angeles WaveLos Angeles, CA
Oakland PostOakland, CA
Our WeeklyLos Angeles, CA
Pasadena San / Gabriel Valley JournalPasadena, CA
Precinct ReporterSan Bernadino, CA
Sacramento ObserverSacramento, CA
San Bernardino American NewsSan Bernardino, CA
San Diego Voice & ViewpointSan Diego, CA
San Francisco Sun ReporterSan Francisco, CA
The BulletinCompton, CA
The Community VoiceRohnert Park, CA
The San Francisco Bay ViewSan Francisco, CA
Tri County SentryOxnard, CA
African-American VoiceColorado Springs, CO
Inner-City NewspaperMidford, CT
Inquiring NewsHartford, CT
Afro-AmericanWashington, DC
District ChroniclesWashington, DC
Washington InformerWashington, DC
Capital OutlookTallahassee, FL
Central Florida AdvocateOrlando, FL
Daytona TimesDaytona, FL
Florida CourierTampa, FL
Florida Sentinel BulletinTampa, FL
Jacksonville Free PressJacksonville, FL
Orlando AdvocateOrlando, FL
Orlando TimesOrlando, FL
Pensacola VoicePensacola, FL
South Florida TimesFort Lauderdale, FL
The Florida CurrentTallahassee, FL
The Florida StarJacksonville, FL
The Florida Sun Orlando, FL
The Miami TimesMiami, FL
The Weekly ChallengerSt. Petersburg, FL
Westside GazetteFort Lauderdale, FL
Atlanta Daily WorldAtlanta, GA
Atlanta InquirerAtlanta, GA
Cross Roads NewsDecatur, GA
Savannah HeraldSavannah, GA
Savannah TribuneSavannah, GA
The Atlanta VoiceAtlanta, GA
The Bulletin - Columbus GaColumbus, GA
The Champion NewspaperDecatur, GA
The Champion NewspaperDecatur, GA
The Columbus TimesColumbus, GA
Chicago Crusader Chicago, IL
Muslim JournalChicago, IL
The Final CallChicago, IL
The Gary CrusaderChicago, IL
The Times WeeklyJoliet, IL
The Windy City WordChicago, IL
Frost IllustratedFort Wayne, IN
Indianapolis RecorderIndianapolis, IN
Data News WeeklyNew Orleans, LA
Louisiana WeeklyNew Orleans, LA
New Orleans TribuneNew Orleans, LA
Afro-AmericanBaltimore, MD
Montgomery County SentinelRockville, MD
Prince George’s SentinelSeabrook, MD
The Baltimore TimesBaltimore, MD
The Prince George’s PostUpper Marlboro, MD
Grand Rapids TimesGrand Rapids, MI
Michigan ChronicleDetroit, MI
Michigan CitizenDetroit, MI
The Telegram NewspaperDetroit, MI
Insight NewsMinneapolis, MN
Minnesota Spokesman-RecorderMinneapolis, MN
East St. Louis MonitorEast St. Louis, MO
Kansas City The CallKansas City, MO
St. Louis AmericanSt. Louis, MO
St. Louis Argus St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Metro Sentinel JournalSt. Louis, MO
The St. Louis Evening WhirlSt. Louis, MO
Jackson AdvocateJackson, MS
Charlotte, MS
Carolina PeacemakerGreensboro, NC
Denver Weekly NewsDavidson, NC
Greater Diversity NewsOmaha, NC
The CarolinianRaleigh, NC
The Charlotte PostCharlotte, NC
Wilmington JournalWilmington, NC
Winston Salem ChronicleWinston Salem, NC
Omaha StarOmaha, NE
Black Star NewsNew York, NY
Black WestchesterWestchester, NY
Harlem News GroupNew York Daily, NY
New York Amsterdam NewsNew York, NY
New York Beacon New York, NY
New York Carib News New York, NY
New York TrendLong Island, NY
The Buffalo CriterionBuffalo, NY
Westchester County PressWestchester, NY
Call & Post Cleveland, OH
Cincinnati HeraldCincinnati, OH
Cleveland City NewsCleveland, OH
Columbus Post NewspaperColumbus, OH
Hudson Valley PressNewburgh, OH
Toledo JournalToledo, OH
Black ChronicleOaklahoma City, OK
The Oklahoma EagleTulsa, OK
The Skanner NewsPortland, OR
New Pittsburgh CourierPittsburgh, PA
Portland ObserverPortland, PA
Renaissance News IncPittsburgh, PA
The Philadelphia ObserverPhiladelphia, PA
The Philadelphia TribunePhiladelphia, PA
Providence AmericanProvidence, RI
Carolina Panorama NewspaperColumbia, SC
South Carolina Black NewsColumbia, SC
The Charleston ChronicleCharleston, SC
The Gullah SentinelBeaufort, SC
Nashville PrideNashville, TN
The Tennessee TribuneNashville, TN
Tri-State DefenderMemphis, TN
African-American News and IssuesHouston, TX
Dallas ExaminerDallas, TX
Dallas Post Tribune Dallas, TX
Dallas Weekly Dallas, TX
East Texas ReviewLongview, TX
Houston DefenderHouston, TX
Houston Forward Times Houston, TX
Houston Sun Houston, TX
North Dallas GazetteDallas, TX
San Antonio ObserverSan Antonio, TX
The VillagerAustin, TX
New Journal & GuideNorfolk, VA
Richmond Free PressRichmond, VA
The Metro HeraldAlexandria, VA
The Richmond VoiceRichmond, VA
Virgin Island Daily NewsSt. Thomas, VI
Seattle MediumSeattle, WA
Tacoma True CitizenTacoma, WA
The Skanner NewsSeattle, WA
Milwaukee Community JournalMilwaukee, WI
Milwaukee Courier Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee Times WeeklyMilwaukee, WI
Herald-DispatchHuntington, WV

Negro World: A Newspaper Dedicated to the Interests of the Negro Race
Founded by Marcus Mosiah Garvey and Amy Ashwood Garvey, Negro World was published weekly in Harlem, New York, and distributed internationally to the UNIA’s chapters in more than forty countries. Published from 1917 to 1933, aAt its peak Negro World reached a circulation of 200,000 and was an important component of the Garvey Era, also known as the Harlem Renaissance. Photo of a 1925 issue of Negro World: A Newspaper Dedicated to the Interests of the Negro Race

The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords