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The Burning Spear Newspaper
Founded1967; 56 years ago (1967)
CountryUnited States

The Burning Spear Newspaper is a print and online newspaper published by the African People's Socialist Party and affiliated with the African Liberation Movement. The paper is the oldest Black Power newspaper in existence and has published without interruption since the 1960s. The paper was founded in 1968[1] by party chairman and Uhuru Movement leader Omali Yeshitela (formerly Joe Waller).[2][3][4][5]

The paper seeks to "bring voice to the most oppressed and exploited sectors of the African world", as well as combat "White Power imperialism", "media propaganda", and the "monopoly on the distribution of ideas". Since its inception, the paper has published work by influential Black Power icons including Assata Shakur and others.[6][7]


The newspaper was founded in St. Petersburg, Florida, as a newspaper for the Junta of Militant Organizations (JOMO) in 1968. In its organizational pamphlet, JOMO states that the acronym jomo translated means burning spear.[8] The Burning Spear's first issue was printed on December 22, 1969.[5] Three years later, in 1972, JOMO merged with other Junta members to form the African People's Socialist Party, which to this day publishes the newspaper monthly out of its production and distribution facilities in St. Petersburg, Florida.[1]


  1. ^ a b "The Burning Spear celebrates 50 years". The Weekly Challenger. St. Petersburg, FL. 2018-12-20. Retrieved 2019-09-06.
  2. ^ "Uhuru Movement Dot Org :: Welcome to the Uhuru Movement!". Retrieved 2013-12-15.
  3. ^ "African Socialist International - History". Retrieved 2013-12-15.
  4. ^ "Celebrate 40 years of Black Power media - tune in May 5–6 to Uhuru News live". Indybay. 2012-05-02. Retrieved 2013-12-15.
  5. ^ a b "Celebrate The Burning Spear! 47 years of Revolutionary print!". The Burning Spear. Retrieved 2019-09-06.
  6. ^ "Vintage Burning Spear newspaper (1969) on eBay". 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2013-12-15.
  7. ^ "About". Uhuru News. Retrieved 2013-12-15.
  8. ^ JOMO Uhuru (Pamphlet). St. Petersburg Florida: Junta of Militant Organizations. 1969. p. 1. OCLC 927307975.