On August 10, 2017, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) began its 83rd year of publishing and serving the community.
The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) is the oldest Black-owned newspaper in the state of Minnesota and one of the longest-standing, family-owned newspapers in the country. Established in August of 1934 by Cecil E. Newman, the MSR today is African American and woman-owned, led by CEO/Publisher, Tracey Williams-Dillard, granddaughter to Mr. Newman.
On November 20, 2015, the MSR building at 3744 Fourth Avenue in South Minneapolis was designated as a local historic landmark by a full Minneapolis City Council vote. Through the MSR’s 83 years of service to the community, it has cultivated a loyal subscriber base and is viewed not only as a trusted source for news and information, but also a cherished cultural resource.
The diverse staff creates original content that longtime subscribers look forward to reading in print. The MSR is also reaching new audiences through its online and social media presence that includes Facebook and Twitter channels, and a weekly e-newsletter.
The mission of the MSR is to provide timely original news stories and information focused on community empowerment and education, and to champion underrepresented voices.
(Below, Publisher Tracey Williams-Dillard shares a few words about her family’s legacy, courtesy of Fox 9 News)
(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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