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The San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper, founded in 1976, is a communications network for the Black community worldwide, with its

  • website, www.sfbayview.com, the most visited Black newspaper on the web, second only to the Final Call, and
  • free print edition that’s distributed throughout the Bay Area and mailed to subscribers, including thousands of prisoners all over the country.

Exciting, thought-provoking stories and commentary on the full range of Black trials and triumphs – covering the Black economy, politics, arts, education, history, current events, health, religion – and those of other communities, along with stunning color photography, fill the website and the pages of each paper,  a paper so popular that it disappears within hours of hitting the stands.

Curious how the Bay View came to be a network for freedom fighters who are changing the world? Read an interview with the founder, Muhammad al-Kareem, “Bay View founding publisher: I was inspired by Malcolm, Martin, Elijah and the 1966 HP Uprising,” and a two-part history written for our 40th anniversary in 2016: “Bay View turns 40!” and “Bay View turns 40! Part 2.”

The Bay View is the paper people read cover to cover, trust, tack up on bulletin boards, forward to friends and fellow activists around the world, keep for reference, discuss and act on daily. Bay View readers from the ivory tower to the grass roots are active and involved, leaders of today and tomorrow. Especially popular with young people, the Bay View is used by many educators in their classrooms.

To support the Bay View, consider advertising your event, organization or business, subscribing for yourself or a friend, contributing to the Prisoners’ Subscription Fund or making a donation, either tax deductible or not. Information is available by clicking on Advertise or About Us or by writing editor@sfbayview.com or calling us at (415) 671-0789. Your support is our lifeblood. We cannot continue our work without you.

The Bay View, the voice of Black Liberation, aims to equip and inspire Black people and all people to rise up and fight for freedom and justice, to build unity within the community and solidarity with other communities. We welcome you to the Bay View family as a reader – and as a writer: Submit your news and views to editor@sfbayview.com.


There’s nothing quite like reading a newspaper in print. Click on the Subscribe button, and we’ll mail you the Bay View newspaper every month. Subscriptions are $24.00 per year.

Looking for a great gift? A subscription to the Bay View is a gift that will be treasured throughout the year – a reminder with each issue of your friendship. In the window marked Subscriber’s Name & Address, be sure to give us the name and address where you want the Bay View to be mailed.

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Your donations, along with advertising and subscriptions, are the lifeblood of the Bay View. For most of us, any donation at all is a sacrifice. With all our hearts, we thank you and pledge to use your donation wisely in the struggle for liberation. Click on the Donate button to support the Bay View’s work. Specify the Bay View Prisoners’ Subscription Fund if you’d like your funds to cover the cost of mailing the paper to prisoners.


The Bay View is a free newspaper dedicated to the liberation of Black people and all oppressed people throughout the world. We encourage you to spread Bay View stories widely by email, on other websites or by publication in any medium so long as you mention that you found them in the Bay View, at www.sfbayview.com.

If, however, you see a copyright notice in the tagline at the end of a story, first contact the writer for permission.