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The Postwar Black History Movement With Dr. E. James West

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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. E. James West, the Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in American History at Northumbria University and author of Ebony Magazine and Lerone Bennett Jr: Popular Black History in Postwar America

First published in November 1945, Ebony magazine was politically and socially influential. However, the magazine also played an important role in educating millions of African Americans about their past. 

West talks about the early years of Ebony, how Lerone Bennett came to Ebony and how the magazine became a voice in Black history.

John L. Hanson is the producer and host of the nationally syndicated radio series In Black America. It’s heard on home station KUT Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m., as well as weekly on close to 20 stations across the country. The weekly podcast of IBA, the only nationally broadcast black-oriented public affairs radio program, is one of KUT’s most popular podcasts.
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