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Author Ethan Michaeli Discusses "The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America"
Thursday, January 14, 2016 (6:00PM – 7:30PM)
Harold Washington Library Center
Author Ethan Michaeli discusses his new book, The Defender: How The Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America.
Giving voice to the voiceless, theChicago Defender condemned Jim Crow, catalyzed the Great Migration, and focused the electoral power of black America. Robert S. Abbott founded The Defender in 1905, smuggled hundreds of thousands of copies into the most isolated communities in the segregated South, and was dubbed a "Modern Moses," becoming one of the first black millionaires in the process. His successor wielded the newspaper's clout to elect mayors and presidents, including Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy, who would have lost in 1960 if not for TheDefender's support. Along the way, its pages were filled with columns by legends like Ida B. Wells, Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King.
Drawing on dozens of interviews and extensive archival research, Ethan Michaeli constructs a revelatory narrative of race in America and brings to life the reporters who braved lynch mobs and policemen's clubs to do their jobs, from the age of Teddy Roosevelt to the age of Barack Obama.
Ethan Michaeli is an award-winning author, publisher and journalist based in Chicago. He was a copy editor and investigative reporter at The Defender from 1991 to 1996.
Seating in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium is first come, first served. Books are available for purchase and the author will autograph books immediately following the program.
Photo source: Jason Reblando
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