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The Indianapolis Recorder is a weekly newspaper which began publishing in 1896. The newspaper was established by George E Stewart and William H. Porter. The newspaper's primary readership are African-American and the newspaper has the distinction of being published for longer than any other African-American paper in Indiana and being the nation's fourth oldest-surviving African-American newspaper.
In 1916 the page number in each weekly issue was increased. The Recorder urged African-Americans to be moral, proud of their heritage, and to combat stereotypes. Popular sermons were excerpted, and biographical sketches published with a moral focus.
In the 1920s and 1930s the paper encouraged economic growth in its readership. The weekly also pressed for the end of racial discrimination in employment practices, spoke out against the Ku Klux Klan and publicly endorsed anti-Klan politicians. During World War II the paper supported the war effort, like many publications of the time, and recognized contributions of community members. It reported on the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s drive to integrate the armed services and proudly reported on the success of the Tuskegee Airmen. In the 1940s circulation reached forty thousand addresses.
In the 1950s and 1960s the Recorder pressed for action on civil rights and desegregation. On 17 January 1953 the Indiana Hospital Development Association assured the paper that its hospitals would not practice racial discrimination. The paper reported Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X. The weekly continued to report on local church activities and marriages. It was during this troubling period that William Raspberry came to work for the Recorder. In 1966 he left for the Washington Post, to launch a successful national career. The paper continues to be delivered weekly and is regularly divided into six sections including general news, arts and entertainment, people, religion, sports, and business.
The Recorder received the Indiana Journalism Award in 2000. The National Newspaper Publishers Association honored The Indianapolis Recorder with Merit Awards in eight of its 21 categories during its 54th annual convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1994.
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