May 5, 2008
Robert Sengstacke Abbott began publishing the Chicago Defender, the city's first Black newspaper, on this date in 1905.
Robert Sengstacke Abbott (24 November 1870  - February 29, 1940) was an African American lawyer and newspaper publisher. n 1905 he founded The Chicago Defender with an initial investment of 25 cents. The Defender, which was once heralded as "The World's Greatest Weekly", soon became the most widely circulated black newspaper in the country, and made Abbott one of the first self-made millionaires of African American descent. Abbott also published a short-lived paper called Abbott's Monthly. More info