Quality News You Can Use
Don G. Black
Publisher Emeritus 1993-2020
The Dayton Weekly News is Dayton, Ohio’s longest running African American News publication, a title that we are very proud to possess. Following in the footsteps of past publishers of minority newspapers like Paul Laurence Dunbar, who published Dayton's first African American newspaper, The Tattler, gives us a sense of pride that cannot be described.
In 1993 Don G. Black noticed a void in the African-American community. That void was the lack of a print publication that accurately covered news and events happening in Dayton’s African-American community. This void of left residents with only news whose slant was often negatively biased towards the communities in which they lived, socialized, worked and worshiped. As a lifelong resident and entrepreneur in the Dayton community, Don Black knew that there were good things happening that just weren’t being reported. He decided to do something about it.
On November 23, 1993 the first issue of the Dayton Weekly rolled off the presses. Until his death on April 6, 2020, Black worked tirelessly, daily, to fulfill the mission of the Dayton Weekly News, which is to provide Dayton with a better view of itself. Every Thursday since that first issue, the Dayton Weekly has delivered news and information geared towards Dayton’s African-American community covering local politics, health, education, business, community news, religion, sports and entertainment.
We will continue to follow in the footsteps of Paul Laurence Dunbar and build upon the legacy left by Don G. Black. We will work hard to provide a voice for the African American community and to deliver positive news you can use, in print and now online.