The Weekly Challenger's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrating it's 50th Anniversary, The Weekly Challenger is an African-American family owned newspaper in print since 1967. Serving Pinellas County, FL., it has thrived as a folksy paper that publishes news that the larger daily papers often ignore.  The late publisher Cleveland Johnson, a native of Thomasville, GA., started working as a salesman in 1964 for the Weekly Advertiser owned by M.C. Fountain. After years of working under Fountain, Johnson acquired the business in 1967, changed the name and re-branded it as a weekly newspaper catering to African-American news in the Tampa Bay area.

On Friday, September 15th 2017, the community will celebrate the legacy of Mr. Johnson and the contributions of the newspaper. The event will be held at the Historic St. Petersburg Coliseum, 535 Fourth Avenue North from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. Table sponsorships are available. Tickets can be purchased at the Coliseum, James B Sanderlin Family Service Center and the Galleria 909. You may also purchase tickets or sponsor via PayPal.  Copy the link below for details.  FMI or to sponsor: (727) 420-2819.

When: Friday, September 15, 2017
Cost: $50 per person, $500 table of 8
Contact: Deborah Figgs-Sanders (727) 420-2819 or