Atlanta Inquirer
TypeWeekly newspaper
FoundedJuly 31, 1960
Headquarters947 Martin Luther King Jr Dr NW Atlanta, Georgia 30314
OCLC number6657707

The Atlanta Inquirer was founded on July 31, 1960 by Jesse Hill, Herman J. Russell,[1] and various students of the Atlanta Student Movement including Julian Bond, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Lonnie King, and many other students in the Atlanta University Center.[2][3][4] It was the second black newspaper published in Atlanta.[4][3] M. Carl Holman, a professor at Clark College, became the editor of the newspaper after the first issue, which had been edited by Bill Strong.[3] The paper was a radical response to the conservative Atlanta Daily World which was the first black newspaper in Atlanta.[5][6]The Inquirer reported on black leadership in the civil rights movement in Atlanta.[5] After being bought by the family of a longtime employee of the paper, John B. Smith Sr., he became the publisher, editor, and chief executive officer of the newspaper until his death in 2017. The Atlanta Inquirer is also a member of the National Newspaper Association where John B. Smith Sr. was the chairman.[7]


  1. ^ Range, Peter Ross (1974-04-07). "Making it in Atlanta". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  2. ^ Carson, Clayborne (1990). The student voice 1960-1965: periodical of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Meckler. ISBN 0-88736-323-7. OCLC 477165543.
  3. ^ a b c Bohannon, Jeanne Law (9 July 2017). "Dr. Lonnie King Class Lecture 2017". hdl:11360/2403.
  4. ^ a b Hunter-Gault, Charlayne (14 January 2014). To the mountaintop: my journey through the civil rights movement. Square Fish. ISBN 978-1-250-04062-6. OCLC 829452587.
  5. ^ a b Brown-Nagin, Tomiko (2011-02-09). Courage to Dissent. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195386592.001.0001. ISBN 978-0-19-538659-2.
  6. ^ Hornsby, Jr., Alton (1983). "Georgia". In Suggs, Henry Lewis (ed.). The Black press in the South, 1865-1979. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. p. 138. ISBN 0-313-22244-4. Nevertheless, it is clear that the World's "conservative" approach to black protest demonstrations in Atlanta during the 1960s was a turning point in the history of black journalism in the city. As a direct result of the World's position, the first new successful newspaper in 32 years was established in the black community.
  7. ^ Smith, John B. Sr.; Jefferson, Karen (1 December 2015). "John B. Smith, Sr. Oral History Interview, December 1, 2015". RADAR. Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library. hdl:20.500.12322/auc.198:0001. Retrieved 11 May 2023.