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*The Jackson Advocate newspaper is affirmed on this date in 1938. It is an African American weekly newspaper in Jackson, Mississippi.
Founded by Percy Greene, a veteran of World War I and a civil rights activist in the 1940s and 1950s. The paper's mission was to contribute to the struggle of blacks in the South during legal segregation and Jim Crow laws. In 1940 Greene and 30 other publishers formed a consortium of African American newspapers to bring relevant information to Black readers in America. That association led to the Negro Newspaper Publishers Association, which promoted coverage of injustices against and accomplishments by African Americans.
In 1978, Charles Tisdale became the owner and publisher of the Jackson Advocate, a position he held until his death, aged 80 in 2007. The paper has received numerous awards and citations in its 68 years of service in reporting news and events in the African American community, including the Mississippi Legislative African American Caucus Award for Excellence, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Journalism Award, and the National African American Chamber of Commerce Newspaper of the Year. In 1988 Newsday magazine referred to the Advocate as a "national treasure.”