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

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Join us for an engaging discussion with author and Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in American History at Northumbria University (UK) E. James West, who has embarked on a “fresh and fascinating exploration of Ebony’s political, social, and historical content illuminates the intellectual role of the iconic magazine and its contribution to African American scholarship.

West also uncovers a paradox. Though Ebony provided Bennett with space to promote a militant reading of Black history and protest, the magazine’s status as a consumer publication helped to mediate its representation of African American identity in both the past and present.” (Univ. of Illinois Press)

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