Saturday, February 23, 2019
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Baha’i Temple Welcome Center
100 Linden Avenue, Wilmette, Illinois
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Book Release Party
“Robert Sengstacke Abbott, A Man, a Paper, and a Parade” written by Susan Engle and illustrated by Luthando Mazibuko.
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.
Abbott became involved in the Bahá’í community late in his life, attracted to the teachings on religious and racial unity.
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. “The Great Migration”
Interactive presentation about the Chicago Defender and its impact on the migration of the African Americans from the Jim Crow South to Chicago by local artist, Helen Butler.