Memphis World

Launched in 1931, the Memphis World, under editor Lewis O. Swingler (1906-1962), promoted racial pride and community-building through their coverage of local and national issues concerning black politics, economic development, education and the accomplishments of African Americans in past and present. The World aimed criticism at Jim Crow laws and supported the nonviolent organizing of leaders like A. Philip Randolph and eventually Martin Luther King, Jr. After a peak in the 1940s with around 16,000 regular readers, the World faced dwindling circulation through the 1960s and ended publication as a weekly in 1973. The links below contain complete PDF scans of the issues from January 6, 1968, to December 25, 1968.