Robert S. Abbott: His Life and Legacy

Join the Office of Campus Life, the Baha’i Community, and Bright Star Community Outreach on Monday, February 27 at 7 p.m. in Perlstein Hall Auditorium for an evening to celebrate the legacy of Robert S. Abbott, founder of the Chicago Defender and graduate of Kent College of Law (1898).

In 1905 Abbott created the Chicago Defender not only to encourage people to migrate north for a better life, but to fight for their rights once they got there. The slogan of the paper and the first goal was “American race prejudice must be destroyed.” Learn about his life, inspiration, and how the legacy continues.

Hear stories from his great-grandniece and President of the Chicago Defender Charities, Myiti Sengstacke-Rice, as she shares the timeline of his struggles and successes of bringing job opportunities and justice to the Black community during the early 1900s. You will also gain insight from Ron Browne; retired teacher, former curriculum coach from Chicago Public Schools, and member of the Chicago Bahá’í Community, about Abbott’s faith and how it inspired him to stay hopeful and triumphant.

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This is a collaborative partnership as a result of the Bridging the Divide: Be the Healing community initiative, made possible by the Sarowitz Family Fund. For more information go to