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The Great Migration: Celebrating Robert Sengstacke Abbott

February 23 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


The afternoon’s events are part of Out of the African Diaspora to Evanston, an Evanston community project exploring historical movement and moment in black lives.

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.


February 23
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Baha’i Temple Welcome Center, 112 Linden Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091 United States
112 Linden Ave
Wilmette, IL 60091 United States
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About the Bahá’í Calendar and Holy Days

The Baha’i Faith has its own calendar, called the Badí’ Calendar. It is a solar calendar consisting of 19 months of 19 days each (361 days), plus “Intercalary Days” (four in ordinary years and five in leap years) to adjust the calendar to the solar year. The days and months are named after the attributes of God. The Nineteen Day Feast, the primary community gathering for Baha’is in each town and city, is held on the first day of each Baha’i month. Eleven Holy Days mark significant events in Baha’i history.

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