The Listener: Thought and Opinion (Listener-News)

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The Listener: Thought and Opinion (Listener-News)


The Bronx
Morrisania (The Bronx, New York)
Prospect Avenue (The Bronx, New York)
Harlem (New York, New York)
New Rochelle, New York
Williamsbridge (The Bronx, New York)
Mt. Vernon, New York
Yonkers, New York
Ethnic groups, African Americans
Black newspapers
Davidson, L. C. (editor)
East 166th Street (The Bronx, New York)
Black businesses
Civil rights


Perhaps the first Black newspaper focused in part on the African American community in Morrisania in The Bronx, which began to see a major influx of Black families particularly in the late 1930s.

According to the newspaper itself, it was dedicated “to the Ideals of Negro Youth—for equal Opportunities and Justice—A chance to live.” It describes itself as “a non-partisan, clean, courageous Journal, shedding light on the news and views affecting your group and promoting a true spirit of Unity, Peace, Concord and Cooperation.” The Listener was published every Saturday by The Listener Publishing Company, which was located at 797 E. 166th Street. L. C. Davidson, was the Publisher and Editor, Leroy Freeman was the Managing Editor, and L. O. Tucker the Secretary. L. C. Davidson was the father of Jesse Davidson, the donor of the collection.

The paper treats the interests and news of Black communities nearby as well, including in Harlem, Williamsbridge (also in The Bronx), Yonkers, Mt. Vernon, and New Rochelle. It seems to have ceased publication in 1940.


Davidson, L. C.
Freeman, Leroy
Tucker, L. O.


The Listener Publishing Company




The Bronx African American History Project
Frederick Bell papers on St. Augustine Presbyterian Church
Maxine Sullivan papers






Archival collection



Collection Items

Vol. 1, no. 4 of The Listener: Thought and Opinion, published at 797 East 166th Street, October 29, 1938

Vol. 2, no. 38 of The Listener-News, published at 797 East 166th Street, October 7, 1939

Vol. 2, no. 48 of The Listener-News, published at 797 East 166th Street, December 23, 1939

Vol. 3, no. 13 of The Listener-News, published at 797 East 166th Street, March 30, 1940
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