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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lerone Bennett, Jr.  

Pen Name: 

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1928 in Clarksdale, Mississippi

Died: 2018 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Bennett moved to Chicago in 1952 when he began his work as an associate editor at Jet magazine. He lived there until his death. He received an Honorary Degree from the University of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lerone Bennett, Jr., was a prolific writer and social historian, who has served on the editorial staff of Ebony for over 50 years. He authored articles, poems, short stories, and over nine books on African American history and political challenges facing blacks. Bennett skillfully explored United States racial history and its struggle for equality.


Carter G. Woodson Lifetime Achievement Award, Association for the Study of African American Life and History, 2003 Literature Award, Academy of Arts and Letters, 1978 Patron Saints Award, Society of Midland Authors, 1965 Book of the Year Award from Capital Press Club, 1963

Selected Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 1684115353. OCLC Number: 1032029334


Before the Mayflower :
ISBN: 0874850002. OCLC Number: 154744698

Johnson Publishing Co.,. .

Examines the history of African Americans from their African past through the Revolutionary and Civil Wars to contemporary problems and accomplishments.

Forced into glory :
ISBN: 9780874850024. OCLC Number: 154744693

Johnson Pub. Co.,. .

Presents evidence to support the author's contention that Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation did not free the slaves and that Lincoln actually had no intentions of promoting equality between the races, but was instead planning to deport native-born African-Americans.

Great moments in Black history :
ISBN: 0874850789. OCLC Number: 43333672

Johnson Pub. Co.,. .

Pioneers in protest /
ISBN: 0874850266. OCLC Number: 174919040

Johnson Publishing,. .

Pioneers in protest,
ISBN: 014021142X. OCLC Number: 739421

Penguin Books Inc.. .

The challenge of blackness.
ISBN: 0874850541. OCLC Number: 303915

Johnson Pub. Co.,. .

The shaping of Black America /
ISBN: 0140175687. OCLC Number: 28371887

Penguin Books,. .

"What forces transformed Africans into African-Americans? How did they sustain themselves during centuries of captivity and oppression? In what way did their presence shape the attitudes--and fortunes--of white America? How did black people become a nation within a nation? And what are the prospects for that nation in the 1990s?" "These are among the questions that Lerone Bennett, Jr., addresses in this triumphant companion volume to his epochal Before the Mayflower. Where that book rendered the African-American experience chronologically, The Shaping of Black America tells its story from a developmental perspective. Its first section, "Foundations," encompasses black slaves and white indentured servants, the black founding fathers, and the relationship between African-Americans and Indians. In the second section, "Directions," Bennett traces the growth of black labor and black capital and the development of a system that unites and separates blacks and whites. The result is a bald and literate work that persuasively demonstrates its author's notion that "blacks lived a different time and a different reality in this country." Book jacket."--Jacket.

What manner of man :
ISBN: 0874850274. OCLC Number: 27233459

Johnson Pub. Co.,. .

Examines the life of the Baptist minister and civil rights leader who helped American blacks win many battles for equal rights.