The Black Dispatch
Front Cover of the newspaper The Black Dispath January 14 1922.jpg
Ceased publicationOct. 24, 1980
HeadquartersOklahoma City
United States
OCLC number2258388

The Black Dispatch (1914–1982) was a weekly newspaper for African Americans published in Oklahoma City.[1][2] Roscoe Dunjee was the paper's editor.[3] Dunjee was an influence on Ralph Ellison who was a courier for the paper.[4]

Under the editorial guidance of Dunjee, the paper maintained significant circulation, especially outside of Oklahoma. This caused financial difficulty for the paper as out-of-state subscribers would have been disinterested in advertising targeted to Oklahoma residents. Roscoe Dunjee sold his stake in the newspaper to his nephew, John Dunjee, who later became the new editor for the paper after Roscoe retired in 1955.[5]


  1. ^ "The Black Dispatch".
  2. ^ Dunjee, Roscoe (November 2, 1922). "The Black Dispatch (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 7, No. 48, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 2, 1922". The Gateway to Oklahoma History.
  3. ^ Dunjee, Roscoe (September 21, 1917). "The Black Dispatch (Oklahoma City and Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 4, No. 35, Ed. 1 Friday, September 21, 1917". The Gateway to Oklahoma History.
  4. ^ Jr, Henry Louis Gates; Higginbotham, Evelyn Brooks (April 29, 2004). African American Lives. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199882861.
  5. ^ Simmons, Charles A. (2018-05-18). The African American Press: A History of News Coverage During National Crises, with Special Reference to Four Black Newspapers, 1827-1965. McFarland. pp. 144-. ISBN 978-1-4766-3494-4.

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