Founded in 1907, The Pittsburgh Courier would rise to become one of the most important African American newspapers in the country. Under the leadership of Robert L. Vann, the paper covered politics, sports, business, the Civil Rights Movement, and international affairs in the 1930s. During World War II, it championed the "Double V" campaign to fight for victory against the Axis Powers overseas and against racism at home. In this episode of The African American Experience, we talk with Samuel Black, director of African American Programs at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, about the history of the paper from its founding to its closing in the mid-1960s.
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