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The Louisville Leader


Collection : The Louisville Leader
Date/Extent : 1917-1950, 7 reels of microfilm
Description : In 1977 the University Archives microfilmed all available issues of this important black weekly newspaper. The paper constitutes an invaluable resource for the study of the Louisville African American community, ethnic journalism, and American urban institutions. Founded in 1917 by I. Willis Cole, a former Bible salesman, the Leader reported world, national, and local news and addressed the social, legal, and political concerns of African American Kentuckians. Under the banner "Militant but Stable," the Leader urged its readers to register, vote, and otherwise exercise political influence in proportion to their numbers. Editorials denounced "Jim Crow" laws and lynchings well into the 1940s. When Louisville officials opened the city’s first park for blacks in 1922, Cole used the occasion to condemn the exclusion of African- Americans from the rest of the public park enjoyed by whites. A community newspaper in the fullest sense, the Leader carried announcements of births, deaths, illnesses, trips, and news of Louisville clubs and churches. Correspondents in Lexington, Paducah, Bowling Green, and Barbourville reported the activities of African Americans in those smaller Kentucky communities.
Repository : University Archives