African American Newspaper

John Oliver, Jr.


John J. Oliver


2519 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218


800-AFRO-892 (800-237-6892)


(877) 570-9297

The AFRO American Newspaper (The AFRO) is the longest-running African American family-owned newspaper in the nation. Founded in 1892 by John H. Murphy Sr., The AFRO has been the most trusted voice of news and information for the African American community for 125 years. Under the direction of Publisher and CEO, John J. Oliver, Jr., The AFRO has become an industry leader in print, digital and social media publishing. While headquartered in Baltimore, MD, The AFRO’s has a global reach to over 1.5 million readers weekly and has earned the title of “The Nation’s # 1 African American Newspaper”(Essence-Nielsen 2014 Consumer Survey).

The AFRO is also renowned for its archives, an extensive collection of AFRO photos, clippings, scrapbooks and artifacts that date back to the late is” century. AFRO archives have been provided to researchers, genealogists as well as to people from the local community.