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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 one of a kind 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 going to our Donate page, 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.