Chicago Whip
"Don't buy where you can't work"
TypeWeekly newspaper
Founder(s)William C. Linton
PublisherThe Whip Publishing Company
Associate editorJoseph Dandridge Bibb
FinancierAnthony Overton, Jesse Binga, and Oscar DePriest
FoundedJune 24, 1919; 104 years ago (1919-06-24)
Ceased publication1939
CountryUnited States
Circulation65,000 (as of 1920)
OCLC number15192974

The Chicago Whip (sometimes referred to as simply The Whip) was an African American newspaper in Chicago from 1919 until 1939.[1]


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In 1919, William C. Linton became the founding editor and publisher of the paper. Linton unexpectedly fell ill and died in March 1922[2] after which Joseph Dandridge Bibb (who previously served as a co-editor for the paper) took over. The paper's "Don't Spend Money Where You Can't Work" campaign advocated for the boycott of white-run businesses with racially discriminatory hiring practices, and the campaign led to over 15,000 Chicago blacks securing jobs.[3] The newspaper was The Chicago Defender's contemporary and rival. Within a year of its launch, The Whip had a circulation of 65,000. 185,000 copies of The Defender were in circulation at the time. The Whip survived until 1939.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Sadusky, Heather (July 2, 2014). "History Of Civil Rights In Chicago". CBS Chicago. CBS Broadcasting. Retrieved December 17, 2022.
  2. ^ "WM C Llinton succumbs to illness – March 5, 1922" (PDF). Chronicling America via Library of Congress. Retrieved December 21, 2022.,
  3. ^ "Early Chicago: The Black Press". WTTW. Retrieved December 21, 2022.
  4. ^ "The Chicago Whip". National Endowment for the Humanities. ISSN 2694-099X. Retrieved February 9, 2023.