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Weekly Challenger Chronology/Index & Tampa Bay African American History Research Guide

1971

June 2, 1971
The Pinellas County School Board votes to desegregate schools. In September court-ordered school busing begins.
 

1972

During 1972
James B. Sanderlin, who successfully argued many local civil rights cases in the 1960s and early 1970s, becomes the first African-American judge in Pinellas County.
Stories:

"James Sanderlin Takes His Second District Court Post." (Print version only)  
(1986 photographs)

The Weekly Challenger, Feb. 8, 1986, page 17.

March 1972
St. Petersburg hires the city's first two African-American firefighters. 
Stories: 

1973

October 6, 1973
Stories:

"Adams Joins Paper Staff." (Print version only)  
The Weekly Challenger, Oct. 6, 1973, page 1. 
Excerpt:
"The Weekly Challenger Publisher Cleveland Johnson Jr., today announced the addition of a well known sports and feature writer, Calvin E. Adams, to the staff. Johnson said Adams will cover sporting events primarily but will contribute feature articles and in-depth stories of all types.
Adams, a veteran newspaperman, has worked for such publications as the Pittsburgh Courier, the Baltimore Afro-American, the St. Petersburg Times and Evening Independent. Johnson said his primary assignment is to strengthen the sports section of this growing weekly paper."

1976

December 18, 1976
Stories:

"Tenants: Down With Slumlords." (Print version only)  
By Mamie Brown, The Weekly Challenger, Dec. 18, 1976, page 1.
Excerpt:
"....As far as the Challenger has been able to find out, the tenants are unhappy about 'general conditions' at Southern Air. Particularly they are unhappy about the lack of heat in the building. Families in all 24 units have been forced to heat their apartments with electric ranges since the central heating unit has never been utilized since the concrete block building was erected 21 years ago."