Chicago Defender Releases Last Print Issue, Goes All-Digital

Monday, July 15, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Robert Abbott, the Defender’s founder, appears in an edition of the newspaper, which last week released its last print issue. | Chicago Defender

Shari Noland, 49, of Oak Park, knew what she was getting into when, in 2017, she decided to leave her job as communications director for the Oak Park Education Foundation in order to become executive editor of the Chicago Defender. The cash-strapped newspaper’s best days were behind it, but the Defender’s rich legacy still resonated with the veteran journalist.

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Fred Hampton And The Black Panthers Took Thomas Jefferson At His Word

Thursday, July 4, 2019 || By Michael Romain || OPINION || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Black Panthers on the capitol steps in Olympia, Wa. in 1969. They were protesting gun legislation. | Courtesy Washington State Archives / Via The Trace

In his last public letter — released two weeks before his death on July 4, 1826 — Thomas Jefferson praised the Declaration of Independence, a document he had drafted a half-century earlier, as “an instrument, pregnant with our own and the fate of the world.” 

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The Danger Of Black Wealth

Monday, April 29, 2019 || By Michael Romain || OPINION || @maywoodnews

Featured image: A black barbershop in “Boss: The Black Experience in Business.” | Courtesy Library of Congress

When John H. Johnson, the creator of the iconic Ebony and Jet magazines, went to purchase office space, he brought along a white man to act as the buyer while Johnson played the part of a janitor in order to inspect the building, his daughter recalled.

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