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Louis Lomax

Louis Lomax (August 16, 1922 – July 30, 1970) was an African-American journalist, author, and television personality. He was born and raised in Valdosta, Georgia. Lomax played a significant role in the civil rights movement and was known for his investigative reporting and commitment to racial equality. Lomax began his career as a journalist in the 1940s, writing for several African-American newspapers, including the “Chicago Defender” and the “Pittsburgh Courier.” His work often focused on racial issues and the experiences of African-Americans in the United States.

James Baldwin, Louis Lomax, and John Killens participating in a panel discussion on the “Today” show

In the 1950s, Lomax gained national recognition for his book “When the Word Is Given” (1959), which chronicled his experiences covering the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the rise of the civil rights movement. The book offered an intimate and firsthand account of the struggle for racial equality and garnered critical acclaim.

Lomax also made significant contributions to television journalism. He became one of the first African-American television reporters in the United States and hosted several programs that discussed race and social issues. He gained popularity as the host of the television series “The Hate That Hate Produced” (1959), which explored the Nation of Islam and its leader, Malcolm X. The program generated controversy but sparked important conversations about race and religion.

Dion Diamond and Louis Lomax

Throughout his career, Lomax conducted in-depth interviews with influential figures, including Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. He sought to bring attention to the experiences and perspectives of African-Americans and promote a better understanding of race relations in the country.

Sadly, Louis Lomax’s life was cut short when he died in a car accident on July 30, 1970, in Santa Rosa, California. His contributions to journalism and his commitment to social justice continue to inspire and inform journalists and activists today. His work played a significant role in advancing the civil rights movement and promoting dialogue on issues of race and equality.

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