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date: 06 August 2020

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  • Todd Steven Burroughs


The most prominent black print news service of the first half of the twentieth century, the Associated Negro Press (ANP) was created by Claude Barnett, a former advertisement representative for the Chicago Defender. The ANP served the nation's black weekly newspapers, providing news briefs, feature articles, and opinion pieces. Barnett founded the Associated Negro Press in Chicago in 1919. It became the most prominent national wire service for black newspapers until the National Newspaper Publishers Association established its wire service in 1944. The ANP lasted until the late 1960s.

After a stint in the Chicago post office—which included a part-time job selling photographic portraits of black people—Barnett joined the Defender. He traveled the country for the Defender in 1918 to get news and advertising representatives, talking to many black newspaper editors. Barnett resigned from the Defender and started his own agency the Associated Negro ...

A version of this article originally appeared in The Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present.

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