Julius Lester is a prolific black American writer. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1939 to Reverend W.D. and Julia Lester. His parents and only sibling are deceased. Julius graduated from Fisk University in 1960 on the eve of the student-led sit-in movement. As a folk singer he moved through many circles dominated by civil rights activists and activities. Eventually, he joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) as a photographer, and became a confidant of Stokely Carmichael. Julius’ first published essay is entitled “The Angry Children of Malcolm X” (1966). He achieved notoriety with the publication of Look Out Whitey, Black Power Gon’ Get Your Mama (1968). In two autobiographies, All is Well (1976) and Lovesong: Becoming a Jew (1988), he disavowed the views expressed in the earlier book. Julius has been married twice and is the father of five children: two sons and three daughters. His second child’s name is “Malcolm Coltrane.” From 1971 to 1988, Julius was Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After a dispute with members of the Program of Afro-American Studies regarding their alleged anti-Semitism, he accepted a position in the Judaic and Near Eastern Studies Department where he taught until his retirement in 2003.
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