In Memoriam: Lerone Bennett Jr., 1928-2018

Lerone Bennett, Jr., a highly respected historian of the African American experience, died on February 14 in Chicago. He was 89 years old and suffered from vascular dementia.

A native of Mississippi, Bennett was a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta. After college he worked at the Atlanta Daily Word, a Black newspaper before joining the staff at Jet magazine in Chicago. A year later, he joined the staff at Ebony. He worked at the magazine for more than a half century, serving as executive editor.

Bennett was the author of many books including Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America (1962) and Forced Into Glory: Abraham Lincoln’s White Dream (2000). He served as a visiting professor at Northwestern University.

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  1. Acknowledging honor given father (Sr.) of historian Lerone Bennett, Jr., for whom Bennett Avenue is named in St.John Community, Austin, Texas USA, platted 1938, along with names of other African-American achieving models.. Blessings appreciated from this family. Peace be with All.

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