C.A. Scott was a newspaper pioneer


Cornelius A. Scott
Date: 
Sat, 1908-02-08

*Cornelius Adolphus ”C.A.” Scott was born on this date in 1908. He was an African American newspaper publisher.

The 5th child of nine children, Scott was from Edwards, Miss. His father, the Rev. Dr. William A. Scott Sr., was a Christian Church minister and a printer. His mother, Emmeline Southall Scott, was active in the church, in the printing business, and helped her husband print church bulletins that were distributed throughout Mississippi. Scott took the controls of the Atlanta Daily World at the request of his dying brother, World founder William A. Scott, in 1934. For 63 years, he guided the countries oldest and first successful Black daily newspaper through the terror of random lynching, Jim Crow laws that legalized segregation, police brutality, and lagging opportunity in housing and jobs for African Americans.

In 1946, two African-American couples were murdered in broad daylight near Monroe, Ga., by a mob that tied them up and shot them hundreds of times. Responding to the horror of the ”Monroe Massacre”, Scott immediately set up a fund through the Daily World to raise money for the victims’ families. Two years later, after editorializing in favor of allowing Blacks on the local police force, Scott participated in the selection of Atlanta’s first African-American police officers. The Daily World also waged a campaign in the 1940s to increase the pay of Black teachers, who were paid about half as much as white teachers. During the 1950s and 1960s, the Daily World filled its pages with information about court cases and lawsuits filed to desegregate public facilities.

Scott, who joined the Republican Party in 1952 and never left, also worked unstintingly for a two-party system in Georgia. Scott received numerous awards in his lifetime, including being inducted into the Black Press Hall of Fame in 1990. C.A. Scott died on May 7, 2000, at age 92.

Reference:
Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Elbert R. Hilliard, director
Chrissy Wilson, editor
MHN, P.O. Box 571,
Jackson, MS 39205

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