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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lowell D. Thompson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

-- Lowell D. Thompson on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Lowell D. Thompson is a Chicago-born,(Chicago's South Side) bred and based artist/writer/creative catalyst.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lowell thompson spent the first 35 years of his adulthood creating ads and commercials for many of the nation's biggest advertising agencies.He was one of the first African Americans hired in advertising when American companies finally opened themselves to "unwhites" following the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the urban riots that followed.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

"WHITE FOLKS": Seeing America Through Black Eyes
ISBN: 0964761610

Lowell Thompson Creates. 1996

African Americans in Chicago (Images of America)
ISBN: 0738588539

Arcadia Publishing. 2012

The story of black Chicago is so rich that few know it all. It began long before the city itself. “The first white man here was a black man,” Potowatami natives reportedly said about Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the brown-skinned man recognized as Chicago’s first non-Indian settler. It’s all here: from the site of DuSable’s cabin―now smack-dab in the middle of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile―to images of famous and infamous residents like boxers Jack Johnson, Muhammad Ali, and Joe Louis. Here are leaders and cultural touchstones like Jesse Binga’s bank, Robert S. Abbott’s Chicago Defender, legendary filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, Ida B. Wells, the Eighth Regiment, Jesse Jackson, Oprah, and much more . . . including a guy named Obama. Here is the black Chicago family album, of folks who made and never made the headlines, and pictures and stories of kinship and fellowship of African Americans leaving the violent, racist South and “goin’ to Chicago” to find their piece of the American Dream. Chicago has been called the “Second City,” but black Chicago is second to none.

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