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Lomax, Louis E.(1922–1970) - Journalist, civil rights activist, Chronology

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Louis E. Lomax is perhaps best known for his journalism and books. His commitment to the civil rights struggle of the 1960s is reflected in his work and should be considered a notable achievement for a journalist. Through his news editorials in such publications as the Baltimore Afro-American , the Chicago American , and Harper’s , his impact on the movement continues. Of equal importance are his books: The Reluctant African, The Negro Revolt, When the Word Is Given: A Report on Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and the Black Muslim World, Thailand: The War that Is, The War that Will Be , and his final work To Kill a Black Man . For his scholarly contributions and tireless effort in the human struggle for civil rights, Lomax should be counted among the notable African American scholar activists of his time.

Louis E. Lomax was born on August 16, 1922 in Valdosta, Georgia. His parents were Sarah Louise Smith Lomax and Emanuel C. Lomax, both of Georgia. As the nation entered the Second World War, Lomax chose to take a different route from many African Americans he knew. Instead of enlisting, Lomax entered Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. After completing his B.A. at Paine, Lomax left the South to pursue graduate studies. He received an M.A. in 1944 from American University, and by 1947, he had attained a Ph.D. from Yale University.



Born in Valdosta, Georgia on August 16


Attends Paine College, Augusta, Georgia


Receives B.A. from Paine College


Receives M.A. from American University


Receives Ph.D. from Yale University; returns to Georgia, teaches philosophy at Georgia State University; becomes newspaper reporter for the Baltimore Afro-Americanand and the Chicago American


Leaves the Baltimore Afro-American


Becomes a freelance writer for the Amsterdam News and Harper’s Magazine


Publishes first book entitled The Reluctant African


Publishes The Negro Revolt


Publishes When the Word Is Given: A Report on Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and the Black Muslim World


Hosts weekly television talk show in Los Angeles, California


Co-hosts with Mike Wallace The Hate that Hate Produced , a documentary on Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam


Publishes To Kill A Black Man


Dies in car accident near Santa Rosa, New Mexico on July 30

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