MSR celebrates Minnesota’s Black businesses

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

Founded in 1934 by Cecil E. Newman, the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder (MSR) this summer entered its 79th year of publishing the state’s oldest Black weekly newspaper. Tracey Williams-Dillard, granddaughter of Newman, is currently the CEO of Minnesota’s oldest Black-owned business. “He started the newspaper [in the Twin Cities] because when he was in Kansas City, he saw how African Americans were being mistreated, and he knew he needed to do

Tracey Williams-Dillard,
MSR publisher and CEO

writings to help his people,” recalls Williams-Dillard of her late grandfather. “Unfortunately the times in Kansas City were so rough for Black people that the opportunity for him to start a newspaper [there] was not going to be too great, so he moved to Minnesota. At the time he started his newspaper here in 1934, there still was almost as much discrimination here as it was in Kansas City.” Over the years, the MSR has profiled and advertised many Black businesses, telling the stories of those that have failed, those that have ended after years of success and those that are thriving today. To kickoff the celebration of our 2014 80th anniversary, and in an effort to promote a Buy Black Minnesota movement, we offer a series of stories which will highlight the lessons learns from Minnesota Black business owners.   To see more stories by Charles Hallman stories click HERE

One thought on “MSR celebrates Minnesota’s Black businesses

  1. AWESOME JUST AWESOME ! I WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MSR AND HOW IT CAN SERVICE OUR CULTURE IN MANY DIFFERENT AREAS. THE MIGRATION TO MINNESOTA HAS BEEN VERY EVENTFUL AND ENLIGHTENING .

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