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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dempsey Jerome Travis  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1920 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: 2009


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Illinois Connection

Dempsey Travis was born and raised in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

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.


Published Works

  • An Autobiography of Black Chicago, Urban Research Institute, 1981
  • An Autobiography of Black Jazz, Urban Research Institute, 1983
  • An Autobiography of Black Politics, Urban Research Institute, 1987
  • Real Estate Is the Gold in Your Future, Urban Research Press, 1988
  • Harold, The People`s Mayor; An Authorized Biography of Mayor Harold Washington, Urban Research Press, 1989
  • Racism, American Style, A Corporate Gift, Urban Research Press, 1991
  • I Refuse to Learn to Fail, The Autobiography of Dempsey J. Travis, Urban Research Press, 1992
  • They Heard a Thousand Thunders, Urban Research Press, 1999


Selected Titles At Your Library

An autobiography of Black Chicago /
ISBN: 0941484017. OCLC Number:

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: 0941484106. OCLC Number:

Urban Research Institute,. Chicago, Ill. :. 1991.

An autobiography of Black politics /
ISBN: 094148405X. OCLC Number:

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

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

Urban Research Press,. Chicago, IL :. ©1988.

Harold :
ISBN: 0941484084. OCLC Number:

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Racism, American style :
ISBN: 0941484092. OCLC Number:

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

I refuse to learn to fail :
ISBN: 0941484122. OCLC Number:

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

They heard a thousand thunders /
ISBN: 0941484289. OCLC Number:

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