Cecil E. Newman documentary honors MSR founder’s birthday

Beginning Wednesday, July 25, A Black History Chronicle Exclusive — Cecil E. Newman: The Friendship, the Life and the Legacy, a documentary produced by ShenaBarber.com Productions, will air on a number of websites and local cable channels. This documentary is a tribute to and celebration of the birthday of Cecil E. Newman (July 25, 1903), businessman and publisher of the Minneapolis Spokesman and the St. Paul Recorder (now the MSR). With only $20, Newman founded the newspapers in 1934.

Newman had significant local and national influence, with his relationships with U.S. 38th Vice President Hubert Humphrey, U.S. Senator Walter Mondale, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Josie Johnson, and Curtis Chivers (who once worked for the Spokesman and Recorder).

MSR Founder Cecil E. Newman
MSR file photo

Both journalist Carl Rowan and artistic renaissance man Gordon Parks began their renowned careers with Newman’s newspapers. Community pillars Matthew Little and the late Kwame McDonald have decades-long histories as columnists for the MSR that began under Newman watch.

Cecil E. Newman was the husband of the late Mrs. Launa Newman and the grandfather of Tracey Williams-Dillard, publisher/CEO of the MSR.

Cecil E. Newman: The Friendship, the Life and the Legacy is scheduled to run on GMSNewsChannel.com, YouTube.com, Facebook.com, AllGospelNow.com, WRNB, Minority Business Report and Minneapolis/St. Paul cable access TV. Air dates will be announced soon.


For more information, call/text Kimberely Robinson at 763-221-6894.

This information was provided by Grace Media Network.