Roscoe Dunjee

Inducted: 1971

ROSCOE DUNJEE (1883-1965), born the son of a slave in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, was the founder and for 40 years (1915-55) the editor and publisher of the first Negro newspaper in Oklahoma, the Black Dispatch, Oklahoma City. With courageous editorials he crusaded for civil rights before it was fashionable—or even safe—to do so. He also founded various civil rights groups, earning a reputation as the father of the Black civil rights struggle in Oklahoma.