Louisville Leader

The Louisville Leader was a weekly newspaper published in Louisville, Kentucky, from 1917 to 1950.

The Louisville Leader
TypeWeekly newspaper
Owner(s)I. Willis Cole, Rosa Cole
PublisherI. Willis Cole, Rosa Cole
EditorI. Willis Cole[1]
FoundedNovember 1917[2][1]
Ceased publicationSeptember, 1950[1]
Headquarters930 West Walnut Street (now West Muhammad Ali Boulevard) Louisville, Kentucky


The Louisville Leader was a weekly African American newspaper founded by I. Willis Cole in November 1917.[1] By the 1930s, Cole employed twenty people and had a circulation reaching 20,000.[1]

Cole died in February 1950 and his wife tried to continue to publish the newspaper until it eventually stopped that September.[1]

In 1954, the Louisville Defender had called the Leader "one of the largest Negro newspaper organizations" in Louisville.[1] View Jefferson County Sunday School Association for examples of how important this newspaper was in connecting various organizations and keeping everyone aware of local civil rights activities.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Kleber, John E.; Harrison, Lowell H.; Clark, Thomas Dionysius (1992). The Kentucky Encyclopedia. University Press of Kentucky. p. 583. ISBN 0-8131-1772-0. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
  2. ^ John E. Kleber. The Encyclopedia of Louisville. p. 557. ISBN 0813121000.

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