Cecil Newman

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Founder of the Minneaplis Spokesman 1934. His editorials through the Depression, World War II, and post-war era galvanized the fight for civil rights in the Twin Cities. While his main audience was black readers, he personally contacted and implored white business owners to hire black citizens. In the late 1930s he led efforts to integrate the highly segregated brewing industry by calling for a boycott of their product.
~Martin J. Marrin, Robbinsdale, MN

He had the first black newspaper in Minnesota Spokesman and Recorder and it' s still in existence on 4th Ave. So. Mpls. and 38th St. The Rev. Floyd Massey, Sr., Pilgrim Baptist Church, 732 West Central, St. Paul, MN Minister.
~Marjorie Tendle, Minneapolis, MN


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