Banner headline from the Chicago Defender, April 19, 1947, when Jackie Robinson became the first African American baseball player in League Baseball.
The Chicago Defender is a weekly newspaper founded in 1905 by Robert S. Abbott for primarily African American Readers. The current paper is online. During the 20th century, the paper extensively covered the violence of the Jim Crow Era, the segregation of the military during World Wars I and II, and various movements for equality.
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