Bud Billiken Royal Court

The 2008 Chicago Defender Bud Billiken Parade King and Queen Contest has six lucky winners. The children won the contest based on an essay they wrote on “leadership” and the number of subscriptions to the Chicago Defender they sold. Jordan Nor

The 2008 Chicago Defender Bud Billiken Parade King and Queen Contest has six lucky winners. The children won the contest based on an essay they wrote on leadership and the number of subscriptions to the Chicago Defender they sold.

Jordan Norwood, a seventh grader at Choir Academy, is King. Nyaree Patten, a fourth grader at Hoyne Elementary, is Queen. Andre’ Elzia, Jr. a fifth grader at Cook Elementary, is Prince. Keiara Richmond, a fifth grader at Beasley Academic Center, is Princess. Byron Smith Jr., a fifth grader at Ray Elementary School, is Lord. Anyce Brackins, a sixth grader at the National Teachers Academy, is Lady. The youngsters make up the 2008 Bud Billiken Royal Court.

In 1923, Robert S. Abbott, founder of the Chicago Defender, began to publish the Bud Billiken Page especially for children. The page eventually grew into a club with nearly a million members. Bud Billiken Day came to life in 1929 when Abbott organized a day of fun for the youth who were members of the club. The Bud Billiken Parade is now the biggest parade and picnic of its kind in the United States.

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