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Atlanta Daily World, 1932-2003

The Atlanta Daily World was the first successful African American daily newspaper in the United States.  When The Daily World was founded there was only one other black paper in the Atlanta area, The Atlanta Independent, which shut down in 1933, consequently leaving The Daily World as the lone voice for the city’s growing black community. In the first issue, Scott stated that, “The publishers of The Atlanta World have felt the need of a Southern Negro Newspaper, published by Southern Negroes, to be read by Southern Negroes.” Scott hired agents to solicit subscriptions door to door and utilized newsboys, and by 1930 the paper–whose offices were located on Auburn Avenue, once considered the “mecca of black commerce”–was one of the most widely circulated black newspapers in the Deep South.

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