Matlock’s Black History Month series spotlights History Maker’s Part 2

Matlock’s Black History Month series spotlights History Maker’s Part 2

Robert Sengstacke Abbott (1870-1940) Born in Frederica, St. Simons Island, Georgia, to freed slaves, Robert Abbott studied the printing trade at Hampton Institute and received a law degree from Kent College of Law, Chicago. Because of racial prejudice he was unable to practice law, but rather founded “The Chicago Defender” newspaper in 1905. With the tagline of "The World's Greatest Weekly" it was the nation's most influential Black weekly newspaper by the advent of World War I. At its height the paper is said to have had over one million readers nationwide. Touting stories that spoke out against racial inequality and other atrocities affecting Black Americans, it played a pivotal role in the “Great Migration” movement that resulted in over one and a half million Southern Blacks migrating to the North between 1915-1925. To learn more about Mr. Robert Sengstack Abbott , we recommend going to http://www.pbs.org/blackpress/news_bios/defender.html http://www.nndb.com/people/733/000141310/