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Chicago Defender Archives Individuals Files

Founded by Robert S. Abbott in 1905, the Chicago Defender is one of America's longest-running African American newspapers. The Defender is best known for having spurred the Great Migration of African Americans from the southern United States to the nation's urban centers in the north—especially Chicago—during the first decades of the 20th century. The Defender also paved the way for

Willa Saunders Jones papers

As a young woman, Jones was recognized as a talented vocalist, and acclaimed as a choral director. Jones was also known as a keyboardist, powerful speaker and spiritual leader. After recovering from a serious illness, she penned a long-running musical play entitled The Chicago Passion Play. The Willa Saunders Jones Collection consists chiefly of programs, news clippings, and numerous photographs