An inspiring biography aimed at middle grade readers!
Robert Sengstacke Abbott (1870-1940) was an influential African American who was born in Georgia, eventually migrated north, and settled in Chicago. He studied law and founded the newspaper The Chicago Defender in 1905, one of the first newspapers written for the African American community. Through the newspaper Abbott strongly encouraged African American living in the South to move north, which he saw as a way to escape unjust Jim Crow laws for greater job and educational opportunities in northern states. Abbott was also instrumental in organizing the Bud Billiken Parade, a long-standing tradition in Chicago that has been held since 1929, supporting African-American culture, art, and music. Abbott became involved in the Bahá'í community late in his life, attracted to the teachings on religious and racial unity.
This is the first book in the newly launched Change Maker Series from Bellwood Press, highlighting people connected with the Bahá'í Faith who worked to bring about social change.
Susan Engle earned a BFA in Theater Arts from Denison University in 1972--which included an apprenticeship at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City--and began to work as a stage manager for the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra the following year. After her twin daughters were born in 1973, Susan began writing songs and poems for children. In partnership with friends and family, she published more than seventy over the years, including several award-winning music CDs such as 'Come and Sing' and 'Loving Hands' that were written especially for children and families. Since her retirement in 2017, Susan has been writing and publishing tiny books. She currently resides in West Lafayette, Indiana.
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Table of Contents
1 A Difficult Beginning 1
2 Happy Days 5
3 What Shall I Do? 13
4 A Twenty-Five Cent Start 27
5 African Americans on the Move 33
6 A Dangerous Business 37
7 His Proudest Possession 45
8 Search for a Church 55
9 Courageous Defender 65