Journalist Ethan Michaeli will speak at UMass Lowell on Thursday, Feb. 18.
Journalist Ethan Michaeli will speak at UMass Lowell on Thursday, Feb. 18.

LOWELL -- On Thursday, Feb. 18, at 12:30 p.m., UMass Lowell will sponsor a program in celebration of Black History Month. The talk will be presented in the O'Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, South Campus, 61 Wilder St., and is free and open to the public.

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass' visit to the World's Fair in Chicago in 1893 -- where he influenced an up-and-coming generation of civil rights leaders -- will be the focus of a program presented by journalist Ethan Michaeli. The talk is adapted from Michaeli's acclaimed book, "The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America." The work recounts how Douglass inspired entrepreneur Robert Abbott to establish the Chicago Defender in 1905 and chronicles the publication's impact from its inception through today. Michaeli previously worked at the newspaper as a reporter and copy editor.

Visit www.uml.edu for information.


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