Did you know that best-selling author Lerone Bennett Jr. was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi? Bennett crossed through the Pi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. at Morehouse College.
Lerone Bennett Jr. was an African American scholar, historian, and author who focused on race relations in the United States. Bennett was born in Mississippi and went to Morehouse College. He began his career in journalism after serving in the Korean War. He found a job at the Atlanta Daily World and transitioned into working for JET magazine. After working for JET, he contributed to Ebony magazine for more than 50 years.
Lerone left a big footprint in academia. He published many books that focused on the American experience for people of color. He worked as a visiting professor of history at Northwestern University.
We’ve listed his honors below for you to get a better idea of his impact.
- 2003 – Carter G. Woodson Lifetime Achievement Award from Association for the Study of African American Life and History
- 1978 – Literature Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters
- 1965 – Patron Saints Award from the Society of Midland Authors
- 1963 – Book of the Year Award from Capital Press Club
- 1982 – Candace Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women
- Honorary degrees from Morehouse College, Wilberforce University, Marquette University, Voorhees College, Morgan State University, University of Illinois, Lincoln College, and Dillard University.