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Dempsey Jerome Travis

Born: 1920 in Chicago, Illinois
Died: 2009

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Dempsey Travis was born and raised in Chicago.

Biography: 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Dempsey Jerome Travis on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  An Autobiography of Black Chicago
ISBN: 9781932841671 OCLC: 773022050

Bolden, Chicago : ©2013.

An autobiography of Black Chicago /
ISBN: 0941484017 OCLC: 8037128

Urban Research Institute, Chicago, IL : ©1981.

Few were more qualified than Dempsey Travis to write the history of African Americans in Chicago, and none would be able to do it with the same command of firsthand sources. This seminal paperback reissue of Travis's best-known work, An Autobiography of Black Chicago, depicts Chicago's African-American community through the personal experiences of Dempsey Travis, his family, and his circle. Starting with John Baptiste Point du Sable, who was the first non-Native American to settle on the mouth of the Chicago River, and ending with Travis's own successes leading the city's NAACP chapter, organizing Martin Luther King's first march in the city, and providing equal housing opportunities for black Chicagoans, An Autobiography of Black Chicago is a comprehensive yet intimate history of African Americans in 20th-century Chicago.

An autobiography of Black jazz
ISBN: 0941484033 OCLC: 9919063

Urban Research Institute, Chicago, Ill. : ©1983.

  An autobiography of Black Jazz /
ISBN: 0941484106 OCLC: 312600765

Urban Research Institute, Chicago, Ill. : 1991.

An autobiography of Black politics /
ISBN: 094148405X OCLC: 12263163

Urban Research Institute, Chicago, Ill. : ©1987-

Harold :
ISBN: 0941484084 OCLC: 17841264

Harold, the people's mayor :
ISBN: 1572842377 OCLC: 988856981

I refuse to learn to fail :
ISBN: 0941484122 OCLC: 24108106

Urban Research Press, Chicago, Ill. : ©1992.

Racism, American style :
ISBN: 0941484092 OCLC: 21518331

[Urban Research Press], [Chicago, Ill.] : [©1991]

Real estate is the gold in your future /
ISBN: 0941484076 OCLC: 17353912

Urban Research Press, Chicago, IL : ©1988.

They heard a thousand thunders /
ISBN: 0941484289 OCLC: 41131312

Urban Research Press, Chicago, Ill. : ©1999.