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Lerone Bennett Jr.

Lerone Bennett Jr.

Lerone Bennett Jr. (Lifetime Trustee) has received numerous awards including the Salute to Greatness award of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center and the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has an A.B. from Morehouse College and is the recipient of honorary doctorates from 14 colleges and universities.

He is the author of ten books, including an award-winning biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America. His poetry and short stories have appeared in many books and periodicals, and his work has been translated into French, German, Japanese, Swedish, Russian, and Arabic.

In 1974 he was a delegate to the sixth Pan-African Congress in Tanzania, Africa, and in 1977, he was a delegate to the second World Festival of Black and African Art in Nigeria. He lectures on Black history and American culture at colleges and universities and was a visiting professor of history at Northwestern University. Mr. Bennett was recently named to the President's Committee on Arts and the Humanities.

He is a trustee of Morehouse College and has served as an advisor to several national organizations and commissions, including the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders.

He is married, has four children, and resides in Chicago.