Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
TypeWeekly newspaper (Thursday)
Owner(s)Tracey Williams-Dillard
Founder(s)Cecil Newman
FoundedAugust 10, 1934; 87 years ago (1934-08-10)
LanguageAmerican English
Headquarters3744 Fourth Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55409
CountryUnited States
Circulation9800 (as of 2019)[1]
ReadershipTwin Cities
OCLC number43310423

The Minnesota Spokesman–Recorder is an African-American, English-language newspaper headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and serves readers in the Twin Cities. Founded in 1934, it is the oldest continuously operated black newspaper and longest-lived black-owned business in Minnesota.[2][3]


The newspaper's first issue appeared on August 10, 1934.[4] It was named the Minnesota Spokesman–Recorder in 2000 and was preceded by two newspapers:

Cecil Earle Newman (1903–1976) was editor of the St. Paul Recorder from 1934 till his death. Under Newman's leadership the newspaper played a key role in the civil rights movement in Minnesota. The newspaper was moved to 3744 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, in 1958.[7][8][9]

The late photographer, filmmaker, writer, and composer Gordon Parks was a photo-journalist for the newspaper.[10]

The newspaper building on Fourth Avenue was declared a historic landmark in 2015 for its association with the civil rights movement in Minnesota.[10]

The Minnesota Spokesman–Recorder is a member of the National Newspaper Association, Amalgamated Publishers, Inc., Metropolitan Economic Development Association, Minnesota Minority Media Coalition, and Minnesota Newspaper Association.[11][12]

See also


  1. ^ "Minnesota Newspaper Directory" (PDF). Minnesota Newspaper Association. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  2. ^ "About Minnesota spokesman-recorder. (Minneapolis, MN) 2000-current". Chronicling America, Historic Newspapers. Library of Congress. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  3. ^ Sanna, James (July 15, 2008). "Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder turns 75". Twin Cities Daily Planet.CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  4. ^ "Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder". African American Registry. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  5. ^ "About Minneapolis spokesman. [volume] (Minneapolis, Minn.) 1934-2000". Library of Congress. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  6. ^ "About St. Paul recorder. [volume] (St. Paul, Minn.) 1934-2000". Library of Congress. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  7. ^ Leipold, L. E. (2005). "Cecil E. Newman, Newspaper Publisher, quoted by The African American Registry". Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-22.
  8. ^ Brandt, S (2015). "Spokesman-Recorder building moving toward historic designation". Star Tribune. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  9. ^ Burnside,Tina (2017). "Southside African American Community, Minneapolis". www.mnopedia.org. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder Building Individual Landmark". Minneapolis.MN.gov. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  11. ^ "Members of the National Newspaper Association". NNPA.org. 18 July 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  12. ^ "About the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder". Spokesman-Recorder.com. 4 October 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2020.

Further reading

Coordinates: 44°56′06″N 93°16′14″W / 44.934872°N 93.270480°W / 44.934872; -93.270480 (W: Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder)