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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lerone Bennett, Jr.  

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Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1928 in Clarksdale, Mississippi


Illinois Connection

Bennett moved to Chicago in 1952 when he began his work as an associate editor at Jet magazine. He lived there until his death. He received an Honorary Degree from the University of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lerone Bennett, Jr., was a prolific writer and social historian, who has served on the editorial staff of Ebony for over 50 years. He authored articles, poems, short stories, and over nine books on African American history and political challenges facing blacks. Bennett skillfully explored United States racial history and its struggle for equality.

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Titles At Your Library


-- *Carter G. Woodson Lifetime Achievement Award, Association for the Study of African American Life and History, 2003 *Literature Award, Academy of Arts and Letters, 1978 *Patron Saints Award, Society of Midland Authors, 1965 *Book of the Year Award from Capital Press Club, 1963