Akron-Summit County Public Library has received a $10,000 grant from the Dick and Chris Chenoweth Fund of Akron Community Foundation to support its digitization of The Reporter, Akron’s African-American newspaper. Akron Community Foundation President and CEO John T. Petures Jr. announced the grant after it was approved by the community foundation’s board on September 9.
Library Director David Jennings said the funds would be used to make The Reporter, 1969 to present, searchable and digitally available. “Although the history of Akron’s African-American community is rich, documentation telling that story is relatively scarce. The project will provide full-text searchable access to every word published in The Reporter for the last 47 years. Researchers will be able to search for names, places, and events,” said Jennings.