The AFRO American Newspapers has worked to cover all things related to the Black community since its founding in 1892.

By AFRO Staff

This month the Afro American Newspapers will celebrate 130 years in business with community members, former paper boys and girls, current and past employees, celebrities, and elected officials all taking part in the festivities. 

Aside from a special edition of the paper that will look back at the AFRO’s contribution to the Black press and mainstream media, a gala will also be held for those looking to celebrate in high fashion.

The AFRO Gala will bring together and recognize the founders, leaders, and supporters of the AFRO News, who share a demonstrated commitment to the achievements made by the AFRO in the last 130 years.

The events will pay homage and tribute to the AFRO for being the oldest family-owned, continuously published Black newspaper in the country, the oldest Black-owned business in the State of Maryland, and the third oldest Black business in the country.

 In 1892, the AFRO was established to speak on racial equality and economic advancement for Black Americans. 

Now in the 21st century, the paper stands with pythonic power regardless of the slow disintegration of the presence of the Black Press in the country due to economic strife— a pestilence attacking many niche newspapers in the country.

Helmed by fourth and fifth-generation descendants of Murphy Sr., the paper reports on an expansive range of topics including national, local, and international politics, the economy, sports, and popular culture, among other topics.

Under the leadership of managing editor Rev. Dorothy Boulware, the paper’s reporters have landed interviews with prominent figures including 49th U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, Maryland’s Democratic nominee for the gubernatorial race Wes Moore and Grammy award-winning artist Ne-Yo, among others.

The AFRO will be joined in the celebration by comedian and actor Tommy Davidson, who will serve as host for the event. Attendees are encouraged to put on their finest evening gowns and black tie attire and grab a ticket to what will be one of the most affluent events of the year.

Join us on Aug. 13 as we celebrate the success of the past and the promise of a bright future at 

Martin’s Crosswinds, located at 7400 Greenway Center Drive Greenbelt, Md.  20770 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

Happy Birthday, AFRO
Tickets can be purchased on

Help us Continue to tell OUR Story and join the AFRO family as a member – subscribers are now members!  Join here!