Documentary Thursday: Paper Trail: 100 years of the Chicago Defender

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Documentary Thursday: Paper Trail: 100 years of the Chicago Defender

2005 Emmy Award winning documentary about America's oldest and most influential African-American newspaper by Barbara E. Allen.

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Third Space Chicago 716 West Addison Street Chicago, IL 60613

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Are you familiar with the Chicago Defender? This film takes us on a journey through the history of this influential African-American publication. Join us for this free screening followed by a community discussion.

Film Synopsis: "One of the nation’s most important historical treasures, the Chicago Defender was born in a small Chicago kitchen in 1905. With an initial investment of 25 cents and a lot of sweat equity, Robert S. Abbott created the four-page weekly newspaper that quickly blossomed into a source of inspiration and information. Tens of thousands of African-Americans throughout the country would come to rely on the paper. As a result, the expanded Defender would anchor a 5-paper chain. The Defender itself would become the first Black newspaper to reach 100,000 circulation and—at its peak—would rise to 250,000, with the largest percentage of the papers sold outside Chicago. This is a compelling story of a family, a vision and the power of the written word to change the course of events. In the beginning, though, there was little more than a dream of what might be and the determination to make the dream come true."