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How a legendary black newspaper defended race and changed America

 Street Roots - USA 07 March 2019

Founded in 1905, The Chicago Defender has become one of the USA’s most influential African-American newspapers. It exposed the horrors of Jim Crow-era lynchings across the South, featured the writing of influential African-American writers and journalists, and spoke out against segregation and racial violence. Author and former investigative journalist for The Defender Ethan Michaeli spoke to Street Roots about the paper’s impact and the lessons its story holds for journalists and readers today. (1658 Words) - By Ann-Derrick Gaillot

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Robert Abbott, founder of The Chicago Defender, stands with his newsboys in this undated photo from the 1920s.Photo courtesy of the Chicago Defender Charities

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Former President Harry Truman, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and John Sengstacke ride in the 1956 Bud Billiken Parade. Truman and Daley owed much to Sengstacke personally and the African-American electorate generally.Photo courtesy of the Chicago Defender Charities

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“The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America” by Ethan Michaeli.


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