Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

November 20, 1929

On November 20, 1929, the New York Amsterdam News ran an advertisement from mob boss Stephanie St. Clair. Below a large picture of herself, St. Clair sent a message to potential suiters: “To Whom It May Concern: I have received letters and telephone messages from men which have annoyed me very much and I take this occasion to ask them publicly to please not annoy me. I, Mme. St. Clair, am not looking for a husband or a sweetheart. If they do not stop annoying me, I shall publish their names and letters in the newspaper.” St. Clair ran advertisements in the New York Amsterdam News frequently, informing readers about legal rights, police brutality, and other issues.

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