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Trevy A. McDonald

journalist, historian, and activist, was born in Saulsbury, Tennessee, the youngest son of Annie Sybil Thomas, a schoolteacher, and William Robert, a school principal. The grandson of slaves, from an early age he and his older brother Dr. Thomas Dunbar Jarrett, who were raised in Paris, Tennessee, were taught the importance of education. When he was in the first grade, his teacher assigned him to “be” Robert S. Abbott, the founder of the Chicago Defender, and instructed him to tell the class why they should read the newspaper. “My name is Robert S. Abbott and I am the editor of the Chicago Defender and you ought to read my newspaper because my newspaper's standing up for our race,” Jarrett recalled in the 1999 documentary The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords Jarrett went on to begin and end his journalism career at ...