ALEXANDRIA,VA–On February 2, 1904, Magnus L. Robinson was elected to chair the executive committee of the State Negro Press Association.
Born in 1852, Robinson was a lifelong Alexandrian and his parents provided him with a private school education. For a time he went to Howard University, but withdrew due to a serious illness.
He then turned his attention to teaching, and then journalism, becoming one of Alexandria’s most well-respected and beloved African American leaders in the early 20th century.
Robinson was founder and editor of the Leader, a weekly African-American newspaper, which was first published in Washington, D.C., and then in Alexandria. (Source: Office of Historic Alexandria)