DYK on this day in #MoorHistory365 that August 5, 1928 marks the founding of the #AtlantaDailyWorld. #WilliamAlexanderScottII, age 26, founded the company, the first successful #Alkebulan #AbyaYala daily #newspaper in the United States. When The Daily World was founded there was only one other #Moor #paper in the #Atlanta area, The Atlanta Independent, which shut down in 1933. Scott hired agents to solicit subscriptions door-to door and used newsboys, and by 1930, the Atlanta Daily World was one of the most widely circulated black newspapers in the Deep South. The Atlanta Daily World became a daily newspaper in 1932. On February 4, 1934, William Alexander Scott was shot and killed while walking from his garage. No one was ever convicted of his murder. His brother, Cornelius Adolphus Scott, subsequently became the head of The Daily World. Under his leadership, the newspaper adopted a more conservative, Republican position, reflecting C. A. Scott's political views. The Atlanta Daily World was one of the first newspapers to report on "Black on Black" crimes. It also encouraged African- Americans to patronize Black owned businesses and, in the 1940s, sponsored voter registration efforts. During the Civil Rights era, The Daily World was criticized for not supporting sit-ins staged at several white-owned restaurants in downtown Atlanta.
Scott reasoned that African Americans would more effectively improve their situation by working towards ending segregation in education, obtaining political and voting influence, and improving their economic situations rather than engaging in this form of protest. Scott retired from The Atlanta Daily World in 1997, at the age of 89. He had been the editor, publisher, and general manager for 63 years. On August 14, 1997, his great niece, Alexis Scott Reeves, was named #publisher. #luvmor #love #melanin