Black History Facts- Robert Abbott founder of the Chicago Defender (Paper)

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Robert Abbott (1870-1940

This Black History Month fact is in honor of Robert Abbott who was a lawyer, founder of the Chicago Defender Newspaper and one of the first black Millionaires in the US. Abbott was born the son of slaves in Georgia and would go on to study at what is now known as Hampton University and later got his law degree from Kent Law School in Chicago in 1899. Abbott became convinced that he could defend his people in the media better than he could in the courtroom so he took up the trade of printing. Then in 1905 with a small loan created the Chicago Defender a four-page booklet. By 1929 it had grown into the leading black national newspaper which fought for social justice and political and economic equality.

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