From the MSR Legacy Archives

As part of our celebration over the next several months of 80 years of continuous publication, the MSR will be republishing notable stories from our extensive archives of more than 4,000 weekly issues of African American news in Minnesota. Many of our readers will surely recognize friends, family and neighbors from the distant and not-so-distant past — such as the gentleman holding his hat second from right below, as well as the national leaders of the NAACP and Urban League, featured in the August 11, 1944 issue of the Minneapolis Spokesman.

Two chief players on theAmerican Negro Team


Seldom photographed together are two of the men pictured above, Walter White, secretary of the NAACP, and Lester Granger, executive secretary of the National Urban League, top officials of the two most powerful interracial organizations in America. White and Granger “call most of the signals and carry the ball” in most of the moves to further the cause of the American Negro.

Shown above, left to right, are: Leon Washington, publisher of the Los Angeles SENTINEL; P.L. Prattis, executive editor of the Pittsburgh COURIER; Mr. White; Mr. Granger; Cecil E. Newman, publisher of the St. Paul RECORDER and Minneapolis SPOKESMAN; and Dr. Maynard Jackson of Dallas, Texas, spear-head of the successful drive against Texas “white” primaries. This photo was made in New York recently at the Hotel Roosevelt.