The California Voice (1919 - present?) is weekly newspaper serving the African American community. It was run for many years by Lillian and E. A. Daly, who purchased the newspaper in 1927.

It was first published in November 1919 with E. Marshall, editor; Lawrence Sledge, associate editor; T. Marshall, business manager; and L. A. Brown, assistant manager. 1

In 1923, it was at 2317 San Pablo Ave.; in 1935, it was at 2624 San Pablo Ave. 4 In 1967, it was at 814 - 27th St. 8 According to an interview with E.A. Daly, from 1923-1948 it was at 2624 San Pablo Ave.; from 1948-1959 it was in a building they had constructed; beginning c.1959, they moved it to 814 - 27th.

Beginning in 1971, the California Voice was owned by the Reporter Publishing Company, owned by Carlton Benjamin Goodlett. 3 Dr. Norvell Smith was head of the board, and Paul Cobb became managing editor. 6 The paper moved to San Francisco in 1976. Amelia Ashley-Ward purchased the paper in 1997. 5

Dr. Norvell Smith, 1971 7

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(There was also a prohibition newspaper called the California Voice, started in 1884, later based in Los Angeles, run by Wiley Phillips and later Ethel Hubler.)

Links and References

  1. California Voice, New Paper, Launched Oakland Tribune November 27, 1919
  2. Nelson Chesman & Co.'s Newspaper Rate Book 1914-1915
  3. Carlton Benjamin Goodlett on Wikipedia
  4. Polk's Oakland Directory 1935
  5. Amelia Ashley-Ward
  6. California Voice Sold to All-Black Combine Oakland Tribune June 11, 1971
  7. New Owners, New Ideas Change Old Negro Weekly San Francisco Examiner December 1, 1971
  8. Polk's Oakland Directory 1967
  9. California Voice at Library of Congress