The Frederick Douglass Voice
One of the longest running Black newspapers in New York, this newspaper was circulated for 63 years, from 1933 to 1996. Howard Wilson Coles, owner and editor of the publication, was a groundbreaking Black newspaper editor and journalist, as well as a historian, author, radio broadcaster, candidate for public office, and activist. He chronicled and influenced Rochester’s 20th-century Black community by showcasing literary, artistic, and intellectual achievements of Black community members, and through documenting their culture, community activities, living conditions, and everyday occurrences and concerns. A selection of these digitized papers are available online.