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Weekly Challenger African American Digital Newspaper Archive and Research Guide


January 13, 1990

"Selma To Montgomery 25 Years." (Print version only)
By Benjamin F. Chavis, The Weekly Challenger, Jan. 13, 1990, page 4.
"It has been 25 years since the historic Selma to Montgomery voting rights march. In March 1965 marchers representing the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Stu­dent Nonviolent Coordinating Committee together with marchers from Selma and other Alabama communities, successfully defied the violent forces of racism by marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma and heading toward the Alabama state capitol in Mont­gomery. When the marchers reached Mont­gomery, it was a triumph for the civil rights movement and the national attention engendered by the determination of these marchers helped to pressure Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act."


August 8, 1992

"James Epps, A Jack Of Many Trades." (Print version only)
By Dionne Speights, The Weekly Challenger, Aug. 8. 1992, page 1.
"While visiting with Jim Epps at his Texaco Service Station and Mini Mart, I watched a steady flow of happy customers. Of course, business is no stranger to Epps for he has been in business since the mid-1950s and uses an array of skills -- painter, brick layer and mechanic, to name a few."


During 1994
Mercy Hospital, which served the community from 1923-1966, is designated as a local historic landmark.

The Manhattan Casino building is also given historic designation in 1994.


During 1997
Goliath Davis, who joined the St. Petersburg police department in the middle 1970s, is named the city's first African-American police chief. Four years later he becomes deputy mayor.

During 1997
The office and apartments of Dr. Robert Swain, the community's first African-American dentist to build a clinic, are designated as local historic landmarks.


August 29, 1998

"Minister Peggy M. Peterman." (Print version only)

The Weekly Challenger, Aug. 29, 1998, page 1.
"Minister Peggy M. Peterman retired as a columnist and editorial writer with the St. Petersburg Times in Florida after 31 years as a journalist in 1996. She is a native of Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, where she attended public schools. Mrs. Peterman received her BA degree from the Howard University School of Liberal Arts in Washington, D.C. and her law degree from the Howard University School of Law in 1961."


January 16, 1999

"Zora! Zora! Zora!" (Print version only)
The Weekly Challenger, Jan. 16, 1999, page 8.
"EATONVILLE, FL - The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community Inc. (P.E.C.) presenter of the award-winning annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities is proud to celebrate ten years of Hurston Festivals....Hurston Festival ‘99 will feature distinguished historian, Dr. John Hope Franklin...."
"The festival celebrates the life and work of charismatic twentieth century writer, folklorist, and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston; the historic significance of her hometown, Eatonville, popularly known as 'the oldest, incorporated municipality in the United States to be founded by African Americans,' and the cultural contributions made to the United States and the world by people of African descent."

September 11, 1999

"Exclusive Interview With Police Chief Goliath Davis." (Print version only)
By I.W. Williams, The Weekly Challenger, Sep. 11, 1999, page 1.
"On Wednesday, August 25, 1999, I had the distinct pleasure, along with publisher Cleveland Johnson, Jr. to sit down with Chief Goliath Davis for an exclusive interview....
....After high school, I went to Rollins College in Winter Park where I majored in behavioral science with emphasis on sociology. I got my Bachelor's degree in 1973. In 1977, I earned a Master's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida. Not entirely satisfied, I went to Florida State University, where I obtained my Doctorate degree in Criminology in 1984....
....When I finished Rollins College, I was looking for a job that paid more than peanuts. I went to see Hank Ashwood, who worked for the City of St. Petersburg. In December of 1973, I became a certified police officer/fire fighter...."