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"St. Louis American" Newspaper Digitization Project

Welcome to the St. Louis American Newspaper Digitization Project, a resource designed to help educators teach the civil rights movement.

On this page you’ll find links to digitized versions of historic St. Louis American articles.

Continuously published since 1928, the St. Louis American is the area’s most trusted voice of the African American community. It has continually broadened its audience and is now one of the state’s leading multi-platform media entities. 

In the last three years alone the newspaper has amassed nearly 200 local, regional, and national awards for excellence in journalism and design, and it has been honored for its steadfast commitment to the St. Louis region. The St. Louis American is the latest recipient of the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s Russwurm Award, which recognizes the top African American newspaper in the country.

The St. Louis American has covered iconic events throughout the civil rights movement, including the Jefferson Bank protests and the Jones v. Alfred H. Mayer Co. US Supreme Court case. Until recently, many of the American’s historic articles were only available on microfilm. But now you can access these important papers right from your classroom!

To read full articles, click on one of the links below:

PROTEST JOB BIAS: NAACP YOUTH PICKET SCRUGGS (August 18, 1960)

ALDERMEN PASS ANTI-BIAS BILL (May 25, 1961)

JOB PROTESTS BEGIN: $10,000 BOND HERE FOR 'SIT-INS' IS THE HIGHEST (September 5, 1963)

40,000 IN 8-MILE MARCH IN HONOR OF DR. KING (April 11, 1968)

"A RELIC OF SLAVERY": HOUSING BIAS BAN; NO PLACE TO "RUN" (June 20, 1968)

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