Honoring a Chicago Legend in Black History Month

posted by Jeanne Sparrow - 

Today’s Black History Month moment is a tribute to a great Chicagoan who shaped many of our lives here and across the country through the words he wrote.

Lerone Bennett, Jr. passed away earlier this week at the age of 89.  He was a renowned journalist whose name you may recognize because you saw it on every issue of Ebony magazine as its executive editor for about 50 years, beginning in 1958.  

He was also an author and historian, who focused on and published 9 books on the civil rights movement and African-American history.  Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. called him an "activist historian" and said: "a global force for justice he was, a mighty pen he had." (see his post below.)

Bennett was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi and a graduate of Morehouse College, where he attended school with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Read his obituary in the New York Times for more.

& Continue his legacy by celebrating Black History every day of every month.

A classmate & biographer of Dr. King, during the turbulent 60's, his was a pen that mattered. As historian, author of “Before The Mayflower’, editor of Ebony magazine, the most read voice of the freedom struggle, his impact will long be felt and remembered. #RIP #LeroneBennettJr

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