‘Houston Defender’ and its role in the African-American community

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HOUSTON - African-American newspapers have been around as early as the 1820s. Freedom's Journal was the first African-American owned and operated newspaper published in the U.S.

It was founded by a group of free black men in New York City in 1827, the same year that slavery was abolished in New York. Today, there are more than 200 publications throughout the country, including one of the Bayou City's very own -- the Houston Defender.

"The Houston Defender newspaper was founded in 1930 by C.F. Richardson Sr.," said CEO/Publisher, Sonceria "Sonny" Messiah-Jiles. "The paper was originally one of the largest black papers in the southwest."

The Defender newspaper is distributed weekly and has a circulation of at least 90,000 homes. The publication works around the clock to impact change and highlight positive news happening in the African-American community.



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