Robert Abbott: All around good dude.
You may have seen the Google Doodle on Bessie Coleman, the black aviatrix, but did you read that her career was made possible by the patronage of Robert Sengstacke Abbott? A lawyer by training, Abbott was a proponent of social justice, early adherent of the Bahá'í religion in the United States, and the founder of The Chicago Defender newspaper, which grew to have the highest circulation of any black-owned newspaper in the country. Circulated by Pullman Porters, the paper is largely credited with the great migration of Black people from the South to Chicago. Abbot founded The Defender with a 25 cent investment and published it out of the room he rented in a boardinghouse with the consent of his landlady. With gratitude for her kindness, he later bought her an eight-bedroom house. Abbot also founded the Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic in 1929, which has developed as a celebration in Chicago of African-American life. Good dude. #blackhistory #history