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EVENT: Ebony's Lerone Bennett Jr. Will Give MLK Day Address Jan. 17

12/22/2004 --

His free, public talk will focus on diversity in business.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Lerone Bennett Jr., executive editor of Ebony magazine for nearly 40 years, will deliver the MLK Day lecture at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in Hale Auditorium.

Bennett's talk, "Diversity in the Business Community," is free to the public.

A writer and social historian, Bennett has deftly explored the history of race relations in the United States as well as the current environment in which African Americans strive for equality. His award-winning book, "Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America, 1619-1962," is a comprehensive examination of the history of African Americans in the United States and gave Bennett a reputation as a first-rate popular historian.

Bennett graduated from Morehouse College in 1949 and joined Ebony in 1954 as an associate editor, following stints at Jet magazine and the Atlanta Daily World. He also has served as an adviser and consultant to several national organizations and commissions, including the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders.

For more information about Bennett's MLK Day talk, contact Lynnette Iannace at or 763-8042.

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat
Phone: (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847