By Frances Murphy (Toni) Draper

Dear AFRO Subscribers and Supporters, 

Paraphrasing the opening words of Charles Dicken’s classic novel, The Tale of Two Cities, “it  is the best of times, it is  the worst of times; it is  the age of wisdom, it is the age of foolishness; it is the epoch of belief, it is the epoch of incredulity …”  

Throughout the world, people are reeling from the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19),  and are scrambling to respond to what is now known as a pandemic – a pandemic that has resulted in a national emergency; a pandemic that has altered the normalcy of our everyday lives; a pandemic that looks like it will be with us for a while.  Our prayers are with all of the families who have been affected by this virus and we appreciate the health care workers and others who are on the front line.  

For the first time in the AFRO’s 127 year history, our entire staff is teleworking.  And, we are more committed than ever to bringing you the latest and most accurate information including updates from the CDC, the White House, the World Health Organization, State and City Officials, as well as practical information about how to navigate these uncharted waters. 

AFRO’s publisher and CEO, Dr. Frances M. Draper. (Courtesy Photo)

To that end, we are constantly posting news on our website,, and to our 700,000 plus followers on Facebook, IG and Twitter.  In addition, we are one of the few African American media on Apple News. Please follow and like us on all of these platforms and share where appropriate.  You can also reach us by phone, 410-554-8200 or by email,

We appreciate your continued support, as we work together during this time of uncertainty and anxiety for so many.  We are especially concerned about our most vulnerable populations: the elderly, the homeless and those with underlying medical conditions.  And, like most businesses, we also are concerned about the economic impact of the virus on our team members, including our employees, our readers and our advertisers. 

May the human spirit of care and concern for one another abound throughout the land, as we work together to not just contain, but defeat this disease. 

Stay well, 

Frances Murphy (Toni) Draper
CEO and Publisher
The AFRO-American Newspapers