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Weekly Challenger African American Digital Newspaper Archive and Research Guide

St. Petersburg African American History Resources

WEEKLY CHALLENGER AND TAMPA BAY TIMES NEWS COVERAGE
ABOUT RECENT BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTS



It has been said that journalism is the first rough draft of history.

The Weekly Challenger and the Tampa Bay Times have been preserving, through their news coverage, the first draft of the history about local Black Lives Matter protests. 

Here are links to their coverage:  

Weekly Challenger : (Website Homepage)
Weekly Challenger : Older stories about Black Lives Matter since 2015
Tampa Bay Times : May 28, 2020, May 29, 2020, May 30, 2020, May 31, 2020
Tampa Bay Times : June 1, 2020, June 2, 2020, June 3, 2020June 4, 2020, June 5, 2020, June 6, 2020, June 7, 2020, June 8, 2020,
June 9, 2020, June 10, 2020June 11, 2020June 12, 2020, June 13, 2020, June 14, 2020, June 15, 2020, June 16, 2020, June 17, 2020,
June 18, 2020, June 19, 2020June 20, 2020, June 21, 2020, June 22, 2020, June 23, 2020, June 24, 2020, June 25, 2020, June 27, 2020,
June 28, 2020, June 29, 2020June 30, 2020
Weekly Challenger "Local protests in St. Petersburg draw hundreds after George Floyd’s death." June 4, 2020.
"Pinellas County black-elected officials speak." June 4, 2020
Weekly Challenger "USF St. Petersburg Regional Chancellor reaffirms core values of diversity and inclusion
in wake of George Floyd’s death."
 June 12, 2020. 
"Respect, accountability and integrity." June 12, 2020. 
"A history of policing in America." June 12, 2020. 
Weekly Challenger "St. Pete celebrates Juneteenth." June 22, 2020.
"Tale of two murals." June 22, 2020.
Weekly Challenger : 
"Covering the protests: USF St. Petersburg alum reflects on being a photojournalist during an historic time." June 25, 2020.
Tampa Bay Times : July 1, 2020, July 2, 2020, July 3, 2020, July 4, 2020, July 6, 2020, July 7, 2020, July 9, 2020, July 10, 2020, July 11, 2020,
July 13, 2020, July 18, 2020, July 22, 2020, July 24, 2020, July 25, 2020, July 28, 2020, July 29, 2020
Weekly Challenger : "The psychological benefits of proclaiming Black Lives Matter." July 2, 2020.
"Let’s bring back the Sacred Stones." July 2, 2020.
Weekly Challenger : "Then and now: USF St. Petersburg professors weigh in on historic parallels of the BLM Movement." July 9, 2020.
Weekly Challenger"Say Something!" (“I support police body cameras.”) July 18, 2020.
"SPPD announced new response team to handle non-violent 911 calls." July 18, 2020.
Tampa Bay Times August 1, 2020, August 3, 2020, August 9, 2020, August 10, 2020August 14, 2020, August 15, 2020, August 21, 2020, August 22, 2020, August 25, 2020, August 27, 2020
Weekly Challenger"Young activists weigh in on St. Pete’s race issues." August 3, 2020. 
Weekly Challenger"Protesters ask for more intentional engagement from city leadership." August 7, 2020.
Tampa Bay Times : Sep. 5, 2020-Photos, Sep. 6, 2020, Sep. 7, 2020, Sep. 24, 2020, Sep. 25, 2020, Sep. 27, 2020
Weekly Challenger : "St. Pete High students call for the ‘decolonization’ of Pinellas County curriculum." Sep. 4, 2020.
"USF task force on diversity and inclusion seeks campus-community collaboration to address racial inequities." Sep. 4, 2020.
Tampa Bay Times : Oct. 1, 2020, Oct. 2, 2020, Oct. 4, 2020
Weekly Challenger : "Mayor updates city on COVID and protests." Oct. 2, 2020.
Weekly Challenger: "Out-of-town agitators confront St. Pete BLM protesters." Oct. 16, 2020.
Weekly Challenger: "You said something; they did something." (Police body cam issue) Oct. 22, 2020.
Tampa Bay Times : Jan. 4, 2021, Jan. 28, 2021 (Protest Coverage Webpage)
Weekly Challenger: "Peaceful local BLM protesters weigh in on Capitol mob." Jan. 13, 2021.
Weekly Challenger : (Website Homepage) (See general Weekly Challenger stories from 2020)

POSTED BELOW
ARE LOCAL RESOURCES RELATED TO VARIOUS WEEKLY CHALLENGER STORY TOPICS

VIDEO: St. Petersburg Virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade
Hosted by Advantage Village Academy and the City of St. Petersburg, Florida, January 2021 

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE ASSOCIATION

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE ASSOCIATION
"COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS"
(Videos -- Recorded Zoom Sessions with Tombolo Books)

January 20, 2021
Video: Dr. Charles B. Dew discusses his book, "The Making of a Racist"
December 16, 2020
Video: Desegregation in Pinellas County schools
November 11, 2020
Video: The Boston Brothers
October 21, 2020
Video: The Melrose Clubhouse

See Also:
September 3, 2020
Video: In-Conversation with Gwen Reese and Jon Wilson

HISTORY, HERITAGE & CULTURE: A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

"History, Heritage & Culture: A Monthly Newsletter
African American Heritage Association of St. Petersburg, Inc.
February 2021 • Issue 1 • Volume 1
."

THE  AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE ASSOCIATION
"ST. PETERSBURG HERITAGE TRAIL" 

FORMER GAS PLANT NEIGHBORHOOD (TROPICANA FIELD AREA)

Weekly Challenger stories that mention the former Gas Plant neighborhood 

OTHER RESOURCES:

Video: The Gas Plant Area.
City of St. Petersburg, October 2020.

Proposals for the development of the Tropicana Field site.
City of St. Petersburg, 2021.

"The Buried History of Methodist Town and the Gas Plant District."
Neighborhood News Bureau, USF St. Petersburg campus.

"Tropicana Field came at a cost to the Black community."
By Waveney Ann Moore, St. Pete Catalyst, February 5, 2021.

"City Wilds: Proposed plans for St. Pete’s Gas Plant site raise red flags for a neighborhood thats been wronged before."
By Thomas Hallock, Creative Loafing, August 12, 2020.

Video: "Black community fears more broken promises if Trop site is redeveloped."
WTSP-TV, July 18, 2019.

"Reimagining the Trop: A riverwalk, a convention center, a new name?"
By Caitlin Johnston, Tampa Bay Times, August 7, 2018.

"City Wilds: Gas Plant -- imagining a lost neighborhood."
By Thomas Hallock, Creative Loafing, October 19, 2017.

"Redesign of Trop focuses transformational change in St. Pete."
83 Degrees, April 4, 2017.

"Tropicana Field deal didn't pay off for all:
Group seeks benefits never realized for a razed neighborhood
."
By Nicole Hutcheson, St. Petersburg Times, November 28, 2007.

"Build a Stadium, Raze a Neighborhood:
Memories of Gas Plant haunt the Rays' latest plans
."
By Alex Pickett, Creative Loafing, November 28, 2007.

"Around the dome, echoes of the past."
By James Harper, St. Petersburg Times, March 29, 1998.

BOOK:
Vatelot, Sarah Jane. Where Have All The Mangoes Gone?:
Reactivating the Tropicana Field Site -- On the Threshold of St Petersburg’s History, Culture and Memory
.
St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg Press, 2020.
(See Also:
"Community Voices: Where have all the mangoes gone?"
By Sarah Jane Vatelot, St. Pete Catalyst, August 2019, 
and the video of the 2020 book launch at the Florida Holocaust Museum
and video of 2021 Heritage Village presentation.) 

 

LYNCHING MEMORIAL -- "PINELLAS REMEMBERS: THE TRUTH OF RACIAL TERROR"
COMMUNITY REMEMBRANCE PROJECT COALITION

Pinellas County Community Remembrance Project Coalition (“Pinellas Remembers”) 
The St. Petersburg organization's mission "is to bear witness to the legacy of racial terror, epitomized by lynchings in America, in alignment with the Equal Justice Initiative."
 

Video: "Unveiling of the St. Petersburg Lynching Memorial."
Facebook, Pinellas Remembers, Feb. 23, 2021.

"History of a St. Petersburg lynching was hidden. Not anymore."
In 1914, John Evans was attacked by an angry mob and killed before a jury or judge weighed in.
By Leonora LaPeter Anton, Tampa Bay Times, Feb. 23, 2021.
 

"Remembrance: A panel discussion on racial terror lynchings."
By Frank Drouzas, The Weekly Challenger, Feb. 19, 2021.

Weekly Challenger stories related to the St. Petersburg / Pinellas County lynching memorial. 
"I AM John Evans."
By Gwendolyn Reese, The Weekly Challenger, July 12, 2018.
"John Evans was lynched at Ninth Street (now Dr. Martin Luther King Street) and Second Avenue South on Tuesday, November 12, 1914."
and
"I AM Parker Watson."
By Gwendolyn Reese, The Weekly Challenger, July 19, 2018.
"Parker Watson was lynched at the hands of a group of armed men wearing masks after being taken from three police officers on the evening of May 9, 1926."
"Recollections, reflections, remembrances and racial reconciliation in St. Pete – now is the time."
By Jacqueline Williams Hubbard, The Weekly Challenger, Jan. 7, 2021.
(Additional articles)

ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE AND HISTORY
(ASALH, St. Petersburg, Florida, branch)


MUSEUM: DR. CARTER G. WOODSON AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM

MUSEUM: FLORIDA HOLOCAUST MUSEUM CIVIL RIGHTS IN TAMPA BAY EXHIBIT
 

Video: "New Florida Holocaust Museum exhibit tells the story of Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay."
By Lila Gross, WFLA-TV, September 2019. 

Online Exhibit: “Beaches, Benches, and Boycotts: The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay,” Florida Holocaust Museum, 2020.
St. Petersburg history
Tampa history
Sarasota history

Florida Holocaust Museum

MUSEUM: ST. PETERSBURG MUSEUM OF HISTORY
 

St. Petersburg Museum of History
See Also:
Examples from Photo Archive (flickr)

THE DEUCES 

AFRICAN AMERICAN BURIAL GROUNDS & REMEMBERING PROJECT
 

"Research project to recover, engage public on lost history of Black burial grounds in Tampa Bay."
The Weekly Challenger, USF St. Petersburg campus, Dec. 23, 2020.
Excerpt:
"In Tampa Bay and across the nation, many African-American burial grounds and cemeteries have been lost to history, neglected, abandoned, even paved over and developed on. A research project funded by a University of South Florida anti-racism initiative seeks to recover and reimagine the forgotten history of these sacred places.
Consisting of faculty, staff, graduate students, and community partners from fields such as anthropology, business, English and the arts, the African American Burial Grounds & Remembering Project will identify and preserve these cemeteries in Tampa Bay."

OLIVE B. McLIN COMMUNITY HISTORY PROJECT

ADDITIONAL VIDEOS & ONLINE EXHIBITS

Civil Rights: Racial Segregation and Protests Along Pinellas Gulf Beaches, 1940-1980.
Gulf Beaches project, USF Honors program, 2020.

Online Exhibit: “Beaches, Benches, and Boycotts: The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay,”
Florida Holocaust Museum, 2020.
St. Petersburg history
Tampa history
Sarasota history

RELATED RESOURCES

USF ST. PETERSBURG CAMPUS NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS BUREAU

USF ST. PETERBURG CAMPUS LIBRARY'S WEBSITE

OLDER TAMPA BAY TIMES ARTICLES / VIDEOS

BOOKS AND UNPUBLISHED THESES, DISSERTATIONS
 
Norfolk: Donning Co., 1988.
 
Bortolus, Jennifer Inge. “Fighting for Others: Peggy M. Peterman’s 31 Years at the St. Petersburg Times.”
M.A. Thesis, University of South Florida, 2000.
 
Boston, Archie. Lil' Colored Rascals in the Sunshine City.
Los Angeles: Archie Boston Graphic Design, 2009.
 
Davis, Enoch D. On the Bethel Trail.
St. Petersburg: Valkyrie Press, 1979.
 
Henig, Adam. Forward by Ralph Wimbish Jr.  
Baseball Under Siege: The Yankees, the Cardinals, and a Doctor's Battle to Integrate Spring Training.
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017.
 
Jackson, Leon. Urban Buffalo Soldiers: The Story of St. Petersburg's Courageous Twelve.
Ragnarok Group, 2020. 
 
Jones, Peyton L., "Struggle In The Sunshine City: The Movement For Racial Equality In St. Petersburg Florida 1955-1968."  
M.A. Thesis, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, 2010.

Lineberger, Anna Maria, Dyllan Furness and Kelly Kennedy, eds. Faculty Advisor, Thomas Hallock.
Voices of Booker Creek.
St. Petersburg: University of South Florida, Tampa Bay Writers Network, 2020.
 
Peck, Rosalie and Jon Wilson. St. Petersburg's Historic 22nd Street South.
Charleston, SC: History Press, 2006.

----. St. Petersburg's Historic African American Neighborhoods: Community, Culture, and Connection.
Charleston, SC: History Press, 2008.   
 
Phillips, Evelyn Newman.
"An Ethnohistorical Analysis of the Political Economy of Ethnicity Among African Americans in St. Petersburg, Florida."
PhD dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of South Florida, 1994.
 
Rooks, Sandra W. St. Petersburg Florida. Black America Series.
Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2003.

Sonnenberg, Michelle and Hannah Gorski and Alison Hardage, eds. Faculty Advisor, Thomas Hallock.
Salt Creek Journal. Nature, Community and Place in South St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg: University of South Florida, Tampa Bay Writers Network, 2017.
 
Steele, Carol S. The Effect of Baseball's Arrival on an African American Community: A Study of Contested Terrain.
Dissertation, The Fielding Institute, 2000.
 
Vatelot, Sarah Jane. Where Have All The Mangoes Gone?:
Reactivating the Tropicana Field Site -- On the Threshold of St Petersburg’s History, Culture and Memory
.
St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg Press, 2020.
(See Also:
"Community Voices: Where have all the mangoes gone?"
By Sarah Jane Vatelot, St. Pete Catalyst, August 2019,