40 YEARS OF EMPOWERING THE COMMUNITY
In October of 1975, the first Toledo Journal Newspaper was published. This was due to the lack of a black newspaper in the city. The Journal stated out as a weekly publication and has continued since the first issue in October.
The editor and publisher took the same stand, as the first black newspaper editors, John Russwurm and Samuel Cornish of Freedom’s Journal in 1827, “We wish to plead our own cause. Too long others have spoken for us”.
The Toledo Journal has campaigned for advocacy, justice, equal rights and inclusion for African-American citizens in Toledo, Ohio. We have also been a government watchdog.
The Toledo Journal is a member of the NNPA (National Newspaper Publishers Association and the NNPA news service, which represents over 200 African-American owned newspapers, with a readership of 15,000,000.
We are a National Black Chamber of Commerce award winning newspaper. Also, we have received several local, regional, and national awards from the NAACP, Spirit of Excellence from the City of Toledo, Ohio Office of Affirmative Action/Contract Compliance, NNPA for Special Section Advertising, Outstanding Black Women Publishers, just to name a few.