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Making an Impact: Pittsburgh Courier Was Known as Most Influential Black Newspaper in U.S

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Making an Impact: Pittsburgh Courier Was Known as Most Influential Black Newspaper in U.S

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Historic black newspaper the Pittsburgh Courier was honored for its 100th anniversary with a museum exhibit at the Sen, John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. The exhibit opened last year and ended in June,

The Courier, once known as the largest and most influential black weekly newspaper distributed in the U.S., began publication in 1910. The recent exhibit included the oldest-known existing copy from Nov. 5, 1910.

Dorothy Jenkins Fields, a historian and founder of the Black Archives, History and Research Foundation of South Florida Inc., wrote in The Miami Herald, "Early editions (of the Courier) began protesting racial segregation by custom and law, including slum conditions where black people were forced to live, in Pittsburgh and throughout the nation, Simultaneously the Courier encouraged black people to empower themselves economically and politically."

Throughout its history, the Courier fought against segregation on its pages. Fields said. …

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