How did African Americans learn of the latest developments in the civil rights movement?

During the 1930s and 1940s, many local black newspapers had begun to publish national editions.

By 1955 there were more than 200 black magazines and newspapers being published in the United States. Newspapers such as the Chicago Defender, the Pittsburgh Courier, and the Baltimore Afro-American and magazines such as Jet and Ebony reached black readers in every corner of the country.

In 1955, New York’s Amsterdam News was one of the most successful black newspapers in the country.