Weekly Challenger Chronology/Index & Tampa Bay African-American History Research Guide

2010

January 7, 2010
Stories:

"2009 In Review."
The Weekly Challenger, Jan. 7, 2010.
Excerpt:
"-- In Racially Inclusive Inaugural Ceremony:
President Obama Expresses Hope To ‘Remake’ America.
-- Chief Justice Peggy Quince In St. Petersburg With Her ‘Florida’s First Black Lawyers’ Project.
-- Tribute To The Life And Service Of Don McRae.
-- FAMU Graduates Told To Act On Their Dreams While Becoming A Leader.
-- First Admitted Black Student Receives Honorary Degree.
-- The Big Tent is Back Foster Wins By A Yard.
-- At BET Awards, Michael Jackson’s Legacy Honored.
-- Health Care Professionals Take Treatment To The Field.
-- Rosalie Peck, The Weekly Challenger’s Executive Editor Emerita Gifted Writer, Lover of Life, Dies."

2011

December 15, 2011
Stories:

Community Spotlight: James Ulysses Edwards, Jr. ‘Jock’:
Educator, Machine Repairman, Husband/Parent, Grandparent.” (Print version only)
By Emma Cavin, The Weekly Challenger, Dec. 15, 2011, page 4.
Excerpt:
“Jock Edwards was born January 19, 1937 at 1514 Fourth Avenue South, right where Tropicana Field now sits. The family lived there until he was in junior high school, then moved to a bigger house right next door at 1516. There he lived until he graduated from Gibbs High School. Booker Creek, where he and his friends learned to swim, ran through the area.”

August 25, 2011
Stories:

"Community Spotlight: Jeffrey Smith:
Baker, Maintenance Worker, Security." (Print version only)
By Emma Cavin, The Weekly Challenger, Aug. 25, 2011, page 2.
Excerpt:
"A St. Petersburg native, Smith attended Jordan Elementary and Sixteenth Street Junior High School. After he graduated from Gibbs High School, he went to work at Webb’s City in the grocery store. Later, he worked in the bakery as a donut maker, which gave him experience that led to a job that he enjoyed for many years."

2012

September 13, 2012
Stories:

Celebrating President Obama.” (Print version only)
By Holly Kestenis, The Weekly Challenger, Sep. 13, 2012, page 1. 
Excerpt:
“President Barack Obama spoke to thousands Saturday at St. Petersburg College, but his south St. Pete supporters were out in droves early on, too fired up to wait.
It’s Thursday night and Betty Ardoin is anxiously preparing her house for guests. Not a small group of her closest friends and family, but a crowd of people with potentially only one thing in common -- their undivided support for President Obama and their goal to get him elected for another four year term in the White House.”

September 27, 2012
Stories:

Bethel AME 118th Anniversary.”
By Jeanie Blue, The Weekly Challenger, Sep. 27, 2012, page 1. (Print version only)
Excerpt:
“Members and supporters of historic Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church showed up and showed out at its Praise and Prayer Breakfast. Held last Saturday morning, the breakfast was the kickoff for the 118th year anniversary celebration.
‘This church is a beacon to so many lives. It’s a torch guiding many generations. I’m glad to be a part of the future to extend the legacy of Bethel AME,’ said youth member Dwineshia Latimore.”

2013

May 16, 2013
Stories:

Bay Point Middle School turns 50.” (Print version only)
The Weekly Challenger, May 16, 2013, page 4.
Excerpt:
“Bay Point Middle School, located at 2151 62nd Ave. S., held its 50th anniversary celebration at the school last Sat., May 11.
Lots of smiles and hugs were seen all day as students, families, alumni, former and current staff, former and current principals and assistant principals spent the afternoon together.”

July 4, 2013
Stories:

Progressive class of 1973 holds reunion.” (Print version only)
By Puneet Sandhu, The Weekly Challenger, July 4, 2013, page 5.
Excerpt:
“They didn’t go to their high school proms. The racial tension, riots and rebel flags at their schools did nothing to foster a celebratory mood. So last Sat., June 29, 40 years after their would-be senior hurrah, a group of African Americans educated during the early days of school desegregation held their own prom at the St. Petersburg Hilton Carillon.
The group’s name, The Progressive Class of 1973, represents the year they graduated from different high schools after having spent most of their childhood education together.”