Pen Name: None
Genres: Non-Fiction, Other;
Born: 1951 in Chicago, Illinois
Deceased: 1984 in Chicago, Illinois
Photo Credit: Leatrice McClain Mowatt and the Mowatt Family
McClain was born in Chicago and grew up in the Ida B. Wells housing projects.
Biographical and Professional Information
Leanita McClain was a journalist and commentator, best known for her observations of race and politics in Chicago and the U.S. in the early 1980s. Her writings in the Chicago Tribune and in opinion pieces published in Newsweek gave broad exposure to her thoughts on race and class in the United States. Her work addressed both local topics, such as the election of Harold Washington as mayor in 1983, as well as topics of more national interest, including the challenges facing the growing black middle class. McClain suffered from depression through much of her life, and died by suicide.
- A Foot in Each World: Essays and Articles , Northwestern University Press, 1986
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