Happy birthday, Robert S. Abbott (Nov. 24, 1870 – Feb. 29, 1940)! Newspaper founder/publisher. Lawyer. Advocate for racial and social justice. Baha’i. In 1905, Abbott founded “The Chicago Defender” which became the most influential African-American newspaper of the early 20th century, some say of all time. In 1912, he met Abdu’l-Baha, the leader of the Baha’i faith, and was impressed by the religion’s lack of race prejudice. Abbott became a Baha’i member in 1934. His former home, at 4742 South Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Chicago, is now a National Historic Landmark. Buried in Lincoln Cemetery, Blue Island, Illinois.
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Heroes Series.