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Founded by John S. Abbott in 1805, the Chicago Defender (Chicago, Illinois) is the most historic newspaper of the Real Times family. Its impact is legendary as the newspaper played a vital role in The Great Migration, anti-lynching legislation, and the creation of a kids section” infamously called Bud Billiken. Empowering the African American community has been the core mission of the Chicago Defender over the last century. It is committed to being the leading advocate of News That Matters” most to African Americans in Chicago, and staying connected to the pulse of the Black community.

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