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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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A Hero to Be Remembered

A Hero to Be Remembered

(p.113) Chapter 6 A Hero to Be Remembered
Ebony Magazine and Lerone Bennett Jr.

E. James West

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores how internal and external tensions influencing Ebony’s depiction of black history fed into the struggle to establish a national holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 1970s and 1980s. Against this backdrop, Bennett and other Ebony contributors struggled to negotiate the continued importance of the magazine’s black history content in a changing cultural and political climate. For some, the King Holiday represented an opportunity to reflect on the activist’s legacy as a ‘hero to be remembered.’ For others, it was a chance to reiterate the political application of the black past and its role in the ongoing struggle for black liberation.

Keywords:   Martin Luther King, Jr., Historical Memory, Ebony, Reagan, Black Press, Print Culture, Lerone Bennett Jr.

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