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Poston, Ulysses and Robert

Robert (1895-1924) and Ulysses S. Poston (1892-1955) were older brothers of Ted Poston, the sons of Mollie Poston and Ephraim Poston, all from Hopkinsville, KY. The brothers owned and edited The Hopkinsville Contender and later, The Detroit Contender. Both were associated with Marcus Garvey, and while with him in New York, U. S. Poston created The Negro World, a successful African American daily paper, then later created The New York Contender. U. S. Poston was a 1915 graduate of Kentucky Normal and Industrial School [now Kentucky State University]. Robert Poston was assistant secretary-general of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). He was head of a delegation that went to Liberia in 1924 to talk with the government; Poston died of pneumonia on the return trip to the U.S. For more see The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians, by A. A. Dunnigan; "Ulysses S. Poston, real estate man. Former newsman, a crusader for Negro Rights dead - wrote for Magazines," New York Times, 05/15/1955, p. 23; and Dark Side of Hopkinsville, by T. Poston. For more on Robert Poston see "Lady Augusta Savage, a Garvyite wife, 1923-1924" in New Negro Artists in Paris: African American painters and sculptors in the City of Light, 1922-1934, by T. A. Leininger-Miller.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Poston, Theodore R. A. M.
NKAA Entry: Poston, Mollie Cox
NKAA Entry: Dunnigan, Alice A.
NKAA Source: Hopkinsville contender (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Detroit contender (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Negro world (newspaper)
NKAA Source: New York contender (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Fascinating story of Black Kentuckians : their heritage and traditions
NKAA Source: The New York times (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Dark side of Hopkinsville : stories
NKAA Source: New Negro artists in Paris: African American painters and sculptors in the city of light, 1922-1934

Related Entries Citing this Entry

NKAA Entry:  Poston, Mollie Cox
NKAA Entry:  Poston, Theodore R. A. M.
NKAA Entry:  Poston, Ephraim

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