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Former EBONY Editor and Scholar Lerone Bennett Jr. Dies at 89

Former EBONY Editor and Scholar Lerone Bennett Jr. Dies at 89

Historian, scholar and former EBONY and JET journalist Lerone Bennett Jr. has died. Bennett, 89, passed away in his sleep of advanced vascular dementia.

The Chicago resident played a pivotal role in creating the magazines’ legacies. He served as a city editor for JET and was an executive editor of EBONY for decades. In addition, he was a well-respected author who penned multiple books, including a biography of EBONY founder John H. Johnson titled Succeeding Against the Odds. One of his most seminal works, Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America, 1619-1962, originated from a series Bennett had written for EBONY. In March, the Morehouse College graduate was profiled by the African-American Intellectual History Society for his intellectual activism, saying his career with EBONY proved “popular media platform could just as easily become a classroom.”

During a 2010 interview with the Visionary Project, Bennett incidentally prophesied the future of journalism: “I’ve always believed that you write history one day and you write entertainment the next.”

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