The ‘Chicago Defender,’ an Iconic Black Newspaper, to Release Its Last Print Issue

For nearly 115 years, the Chicago Defender has been a vital news source for African Americans in Chicago and beyond. At a time when Black voices were largely excluded from mainstream media platforms, the Defender covered both major events—the 1919 Chicago Race Riot, the murder of Emmett Till, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.—and the details of Black community life: births, deaths, weddings, graduations, you name it.