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Ebony Magazine and Lerone Bennett Jr.Popular Black History in Postwar America$
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E. James West

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043116

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043116.001.0001

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Learning Is an All-Black Thing

Learning Is an All-Black Thing

(p.68) Chapter 4 Learning Is an All-Black Thing
Ebony Magazine and Lerone Bennett Jr.

E. James West

University of Illinois Press

This chapter situates Ebony’s evolving black history content within the broader struggle for black-centred education and the ‘Black Revolution’ on campus during the late 1960s and early 1970s. During this period, Ebony’s historical content presented a militant and, at times, heavily gendered interpretation of the African American past. On an individual level, Bennett’s developing relationship with organisations such as Northwestern University and the Institute of the Black World underscored the uniqueness of his role as Ebony’s in-house historian, and the complexity of his position as both a magazine editor and a black public intellectual.

Keywords:   Lerone Bennett, Jr, Ebony, Chicago, Black Nationalism, Black Intellectual History, Black Studies, Black Campus Movement, Abraham Lincoln, Racism, Institute of the Black World, Northwestern University

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