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A skillful account chronicles five decades of blacks’ push for rights and equal treatment

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R.E. Graswich
February 15, 2016

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Like thousands of entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley to Shanghai, Robert Abbott started modestly, alone in a tiny room with a card table and kitchen chair. But Abbott’s engine of invention wasn’t a laptop — it was a used typewriter. And his inspiration didn’t create a new killer app but something far more disruptive — a voice for African Americans and a relentless drive for civil rights and equality.

Like thousands of entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley to Shanghai, Robert Abbott started modestly, alone in a tiny room with a card table and kitchen chair. But Abbott’s engine of invention wasn’t a laptop — it was a used typewriter. And his inspiration didn’t create a new killer app but something far more disruptive — a voice for African Americans and a relentless drive for civil rights and equali

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