Robert Sengstacke Abbott

Black History Month Honoree 20
Posted on 02/22/2023
Image of Robert Sengstacke AbbottWithout Robert Sengstacke Abbott's (1868-1940) creative vision, many of the Black publications of today—such as Ebony, Essence, Black Enterprise, and Upscale—wouldn't exist. In 1905, Abbott founded the Chicago Defender weekly newspaper. The paper originally started out as a four-page pamphlet, increasing its circulation with every edition. Abbott and his newspaper played an integral part in encouraging African Americans to migrate from the South for better economic opportunities.

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