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Robert L. Vann

Pittsburgh Courier

1910 - 1940

Publishing & Print Media

1910 b. 1879
UndergraduateWestern University
GraduateJD, University of Pittsburgh
Born-Died1879 - 1940
BirthplaceNorth Carolina (NC)
RaceBlack or African American
FatherFarmer / Rancher
Era - 1910

Under Vann’s leadership, the Courier became the essential, and the only, newspaper that reported news and provided a positive showcasing of Pittsburgh’s growing black community. The paper became a very active political and community vehicle, pushing for better employment of blacks in Pittsburgh as well as garnering the black vote for a myriad of political campaigns. The Courier grew tremendously under Vann, reaching a circulation level of 250,000 by 1938 as one of very few truly national black newspapers.