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Ebony Magazine and Lerone Bennett Jr.: Popular Black History in Postwar America

E. James West


This study reveals the previously hidden impact of Ebony magazine as a major producer and disseminator of popular black history during the second half of the twentieth century, stretching from its formation in 1945 to its role in the movement to establish a national holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 1980s. Benefitting from unprecedented access to new archival materials at Chicago State and Emory University, it focuses on the impact of Lerone Bennett, Jr., the magazine’s in-house historian and senior editor. More broadly, West highlights the value placed upon Ebony’s role as a “ ... More

Keywords: Black Chicago, Black History, African American history, EBONY magazine, Johnson Publishing Company, Civil Rights, Black Power, Black Press

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043116
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043116.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

E. James West, author
Northumbria University