Established in September 1967 by Cleveland Johnson Jr., The Weekly Challenger has served as a publication that documents life in the African American communities of St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, and the West Coast of Florida. In March 2013, an agreement between the USFSP Poynter Library and the Johnson family that has published the newspaper continuously allowed the library to become the home for existing issues of The Weekly Challenger. Since that time, the library and newspaper have worked in partnership on preservation of print and born-digital newspapers and photographs.
For more information about the history of The Weekly Challenger, here are some additional resources:
- Weekly Challenger Chronology & Tampa Bay African-American History Research Guide
- A timeline pinpointing events within the project and the paper.
- A recording of Ethel Johnson's memories of St. Petersburg.
- A short film created for The Weekly Challenger's 50th Anniversary celebration.
- Highlights from the The Weekly Challenger's 50th anniversary event.
Students, faculty, staff, and community users interested conducting research with The Weekly Challenger collection's resources are encouraged to submit their request through this online form and/or schedule a consultation.
It is the intention of the Digital USFSP to comply with all U.S. and international copyright restrictions and to respect the intellectual property of all authors whose work is represented in the archive. If any individual or corporate entity has concerns about a specific item, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Holdings Statement: Please note that not all newspapers will have full yearly run of issues because they are not currently in our holdings.