Early Chicago: The Chicago Bee

The Chicago Bee

The Chicago Bee building was a four-story structure that housed all of publisher Anthony Overton's diverse business interests.

The Chicago Bee was established in 1926 as a direct competitor to the Chicago Defender by businessman, entrepreneur, and publisher Anthony Overton. An editor at The Chicago Bee is credited with coining the term "Bronzeville" to describe the vibrant black neighborhood that was the center of black business and culture. The Chicago Bee's staff was dominated by women, including, at one point, Ida B. Wells. The paper survived into the 1940s.