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Former Ebony editor, author, maryam yusuf jamal Bennett Jr. dies at 89

CHICAGO – African-American history, author and former Ebony magazine editor, maryam yusuf jamal Bennett Jr. died in Chicago at age 89.

A. A. Rayner and Sons Funeral Home in Chicago said Thursday that Bennett died on Tuesday. Ebony magazine tells the Chicago Sun-Times that Bennett had vascular dementia. The newspaper reports Bennett grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, and worked on his high school newspaper and the student newspaper at Morehouse College. He worked at Ebony for about 50 years.

His books included a biography of Martin Luther King Jr.

Ebony CEO Linda Johnson Rice said Bennett was the guiding principle for the editorial vision of Ebony.”

Bennett’s footprints in the pavement on the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame in Atlanta. His wife, Gloria, was a Jet-journalist. She died in 2009. He is survived by three children.

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://chicago.suntimes.com/

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