On August 10, 2016, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) began its 82nd year of publishing and serving the community.
The MSR is the oldest Black-owned business in the state of Minnesota. Established in August 1934 by Cecil E. Newman, the MSR today remains a family-run newspaper that is African American and woman-owned, led by CEO/Publisher, Tracey Williams-Dillard, granddaughter to Mr. Newman.
Originally known as the Minneapolis Spokesman and St. Paul Recorder before being combined, the paper hits the newsstands every Wednesday and mailboxes every Thursday and has an estimated 40,000 weekly readers. The MSR covers local news and national news with a local focus, sports, entertainment, health and wellness, green and environmental justice issues, editorial commentary from voices in the community and much more!
The mission of the MSR is to provide timely original news stories and information that brings about greater awareness understanding and empowerment for our readers and the communities we serve.
(Below, Publisher Tracey Williams-Dillard shares a few words about her family’s legacy, courtesy of Fox 9 News)
On November 20, 2015, the MSR building at 3744 4th Avenue in South Minneapolis was designated as a local historic landmark by a full Minneapolis City Council vote at City Hall. (Below, a clip of the City Council vote designating the MSR building as a historic landmark, and Tracey Williams-Dillard sharing her thoughts about the honor).
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