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The Norfolk Journal and Guide
Access one of the most well-researched and written black newspapers, the "Norfolk Journal and Guide" (1921-2003), through the ProQuest Historical Newspapers database.
Under the leadership of P. B. Young, the “Dean of the Negro Press,” the "Norfolk Journal and Guide" became one of the best researched and written newspapers of its era. It argued against restrictive covenants, rallied against lynching, encouraged blacks to vote, supported improvements to city streets and water systems, and more.
In contrast to other black newspapers, such as the Chicago Defender, this newspaper campaigned against The Great Migration of Southern Laborers to the North. It was one of only a few black newspapers to provide on-the-scene coverage of the 1930s Scottsboro trial, and helped raise legal funds for the nine young black defendants.
This Southern-based newspaper had to use a factual, unemotional tone in expressing opinions on social injustice. This approach attracted advertising from local and national white-owned businesses -- such as Goodrich, Pillsbury, and Ford – that other black newspapers did not receive.