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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dempsey Jerome Travis  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1920 in Chicago, Illinois

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Dempsey Travis was born and raised in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

In addition to his writing Travis actively participated in the Civil Rights Movement. He was president of the Chicago chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1959 to 1960. During the latter year he coordinated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s first civil rights march in Chicago.


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