Black History Month Profiles: Robert Sengstacke Abbott, Publisher

Born: Nov. 24, 1868, St. Simmons, Georgia
Died: Feb. 29, 1940, Chicago, Illinois
Best known for: founding and publishing The Chicago Defender, a weekly newspaper that encouraged Black Americans to migrate from the South for better opportunities.

During Black History Month, Fair360, formerly DiversityInc is honoring a series of Black innovators and history makers such as Robert Sengstacke Abbott who are often overlooked in mainstream media coverage and history books. Check back throughout February to learn more about important figures.

Robert Sengstacke Abbott founded The Chicago Defender, one of the most-read Black publications in the U.S., paving the way for modern ones like Essence, Ebony and Black Enterprise.

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