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Weekly Challenger African American Digital Newspaper Archive and Research Guide


January 7, 2021

"Recollections, reflections, remembrances and racial reconciliation in St. Pete – now is the time."
By Jacqueline Williams Hubbard, The Weekly Challenger, Jan. 7, 2021.
"In the coming weeks, Pinellas County citizens will acknowledge the history of lynchings of Black Americans in our community with a ceremony led by the Community Remembrance Project Coalition (CRPC).  This Coalition is also called 'Pinellas Remembers.'
A lynching memorial marker, tall and strong, will soon be erected at the actual site in St. Petersburg, where one known lynching occurred.  On Nov. 12, 1914, a crowd of at least 1,500 people watched the lynching of John Evans, a Black man."

January 13, 2021

"Peaceful local BLM protesters weigh in on Capitol mob."
By Gabrielle Settles, The Weekly Challenger, Jan. 13, 2021.
"Following George Floyd’s brutal murder, the last eight months have been filled with racial and politically charged division. Many of us hoped we would see some changes for the better in the new year."

February 4, 2021

"The legacy of Dr. Gilbert H. Leggett."
By Maxine Miller, Neighborhood News Bureau, The Weekly Challenger, Feb. 4, 2021.
"....Growing up in Key West, Dr. Leggett learned how to tailor clothing by trade. Using those tailoring skills, he paid for dental school in Nashville, Tenn., before heading down to St. Petersburg in 1926.
Dr. Leggett was known to work on anyone in need of dental services, whether they could afford to pay him or not."

"February’s ‘Community Conversations’ to coincide with the unveiling of the Lynching Memorial."
By Nicole Slaughter Graham, The Weekly Challenger, Feb. 4, 2021.
"Each month, the African American Heritage Association partners with Tombolo Books for a virtual event called Community Conversations. Each month brings a theme that provides the public with rich, lively conversation on a historical topic of local interest.
In recent months, conversations have centered on the Melrose Clubhouse, the documentary “Black Pioneers of the Sunshine City” and Pinellas County schools’ desegregation.
This month, the Community Conversations topic is “Racial Terror Lynching,” which coincides with the unveiling of St. Petersburg’s lynching memorial scheduled for the end of the month."

"The Tuskegee study and the Black fear of medical experimentation."
By Attorney Jacqueline Williams Hubbard, ASALH, President, The Weekly Challenger, Feb. 4, 2021.
"The Tuskegee Experiment was conducted under the United States Public Health Service auspices and, in its early days, often used as a facilitator, the Tuskegee Institute, now Tuskegee University.
The experiment involved nearly 600 Black male participants in Alabama, all of who remained untreated during the 40-year study of the effects of syphilis. Three hundred ninety-nine men were infected with syphilis, and 201 were not infected."

February 19, 2021

"Remembrance: A panel discussion on racial terror lynchings."
By Frank Drouzas, The Weekly Challenger, Feb. 19, 2021.
"The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Eckerd College held a virtual panel discussion on Tuesday about the history of racial terror lynchings in the United States. The discussion, moderated by Judge Charles Williams, coincides with the unveiling of the Lynching Memorial next Tuesday.
During the period between the Civil War and World War II, thousands of African Americans were lynched in the United States. Lynchings were violent and public acts of torture that traumatized Black people throughout the country and were largely tolerated by state and federal officials."


"Benches, Beaches & Boycotts -- the Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay."
By Deirdre O'Leary, The Weekly Challenger Feb. 19, 2021.
"Based on the Florida Holocaust Museum’s 2015 exhibit of the same name, the museum presented a virtual overview of the Benches, Beaches & Boycotts -- the Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay exhibit on Feb. 10 in conjunction with St. Petersburg College for Black History month."


"Jordan Park Projects Nostalgic Association continues."
By Rose Smith, The Weekly Challenger, Feb. 19, 2021.
"Three native sons of St. Petersburg talked about the fun they had as children and teenagers growing up in the 'projects.' Born in the mid-1940s, they reminisced about experiencing Jim Crow and other negative attitudes about Blacks people in their city. As children and young teens, they decided not to spoil their fun.
While remembering the fun times, they recalled that they did not know that they were impoverished by that day’s standards. They had fun, food, clothing, shelter, good friends and loving parents. What else was there to life in their youth?
In 2010, Minson Rubin, aka 'Cripp,' Rufus Lewis, aka 'Jabo' and Willie Felton, aka 'Butch,' came up with the idea to celebrate their childhood and teen years by forming a group. The group would be composed of people that enjoyed those days as they did. There you have it, the birth of the JPPNA, the Jordan Park Projects Nostalgic Association."


"1877: The end of Reconstruction and the beginning of American apartheid."
By Attorney Jacqueline Hubbard, President, ASALH, The Weekly Challenger, Feb. 19, 2021.
"Ten years after the Civil War ended in 1865, Northern support for the civil rights of Black people in the South was declining. Many people who had supported the civil rights of Black people through the egalitarian policies of Reconstruction were beginning to disappear.  Northerners complained of 'being tired' of supporting Black Americans in their quest for equality."

February 26, 2021

"Bob Devin Jones receives key to the city."
By Raven Joy Shonel, The Weekly Challenger, Feb. 26, 2021.
"Artistic Director Bob Devin Jones has been a recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Bank of America’s Hero Award, Weekly Planet’s Best of the Bay for Directing and Playwriting, Theatre Communication Group Artist Grants and Florida Humanities Grants, but last week Jones was given the highest honor one can receive from a mayor: the key to the city."

"City council celebrates Black history in St. Pete."
By Raven Joy Shonel, The Weekly Challenger, Feb. 26, 2021.
"At the Feb. 18 city council meeting, Councilwoman Deborah Figgs-Sanders honored two African-American trailblazers that once effected change as members of the St. Petersburg City Council: C. Bette Wimbish and Ernest Fillyau."