Birmingham Reporter

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This article is about the early 20th century African-American weekly. For the 1970s alternative paper, see Birmingham Reporter (1970s).

The Birmingham Reporter was a weekly African-American newspaper founded by Oscar Adams Sr in 1906. Its offices were on the 3rd floor of the Pythian Temple building. It ceased publication in 1934.

During World War I the paper promoted the sale of Liberty Bonds and chronicled the experiences of black Alabama soldiers in training at Camp Dodge, Iowa. Editorials expressed hope that through participation in war, black citizens would gain opportunities at home. Among the outrages that the Reporter chronicled were frequent lynchings across the South, a topic that led Adams to write, "It is a shame before the living God and man that we should continue to preach democracy and permit such autocracy and savagery within our own borders."

The paper was also noted for its coverage of the Birmingham Black Barons baseball team.


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