Early Chicago: Associated Negro Press

Associated Negro Press

Claude Barnett, founder of the Associated Negro Press. (Source: Chicago History Museum)

Claude Barnett founded the Associated Negro Press (ANP) in Chicago in 1919. The ANP was a news service that provided local and national news stories to black papers across the country. In the beginning, ANP ran on a shoestring budget using both paid and voluntary correspondents to provide stories. By 1960, ANP was well established, serving black newspapers in both America and Africa. The service closed in 1964 when failing health forced Barnett to retire. The Associated Negro Press (ANP) was the largest and oldest black press service in America.