The Atlanta Inquirer: A Newspaper is Born

In 1960, citizens of Atlanta had three major sources of news: The Atlanta JournalThe Atlanta Constitution, and The Atlanta Daily World. The student movement was not covered widely by these outlets. Early in 1960, the Committee on Appeal for Human Rights created a newsletter to report on their events and plans - “The Student Movement and You” – but before the year was out, they decided to use that experience to start a new, even bigger publication that would report the news as they made it.

The first issue was published on July 31, 1960 with the headline “A Newspaper is Born.” The front page included a pledge that the paper would “endeavor at all times to reflect sincerity, honesty and integrity and be a credit to the City of Atlanta.”

The first publisher of The Atlanta Inquirer was Kossuth Hill. M. Carl Holman served as the first editor, and some of the reporters included Julian Bond, James Gibson, Charlayne Hunter, Eddie Billups, Jondelle Johnson and Charles Black (who later served as editor). John Smith, long-time owner of The Atlanta Inquirer, worked as an employee in the advertising department.

Later that summer, Hill sold the Atlanta Inquirer to a group of locals including Jesse Hill, Maurice Pennington, Johnny Johnson, Dr. Charles Goolesby, Julia Gibson, Gladys Powell, Leroy Johnson and Herman Russell.