Black History Month - Lesson #6
Today's lesson is on Robert Sengstacke Abbott.
Robert Sengstacke Abbott(1870-1940)
Robert S. Abbott was born in Georgia in 1870 to former slaves. Abbott graduated from law school in 1899. In 1905 he founded and started publishing the Chicago Defender. Robert Sengstacke Abbott was the first African American self made millionaire!
In the burgeoning economic times of the 1920s, with hundreds of new products and the growth of advertising, the Defender became an economic success and Abbott became one of the first African American millionaires. He died in Chicago in 1940, with the Defender still a success.
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