Pittsburgh Courier office in Chicago, Illinois, 1941.
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Photograph of a window of the Pittsburgh Courier and a woman and child look inside.

Credit: Library of Congress

During the Great Depression, the Pittsburgh Courier chronicled the plight of African Americans across the nation, protested the segregation of New Deal work relief programs and inequalities in the provision of aid, and called for an end to racial discrimination in the military. The Courier also provided excellent coverage of black sports. In 1936, editor Robert Vann traveled to Berlin, Germany, to report on the accomplishments of black track star Jessie Owens during the Olympic Games.

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