Louis Lomax

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Louis Lomax (1922-1970) was the editor of When the Word is Given, a collection of early speeches by Malcolm X, and the author of To Kill a Black Man, The Negro Revolt, and The Reluctant African. Lomax began his career as a reporter for the Baltimore Afro-American and, at the time of his first interview with Malcolm X, was the first Black television newsman at WNTA-TV. He had met Malcolm in 1959 and had worked with him on the early editions of Muhammad Speaks. Lomax made a point of covering stories that had a direct impact on the Black community and was himself a devout supporter of civil rights organizations such as CORE (for which he helped organize a telethon that raised $50,000 for the Freedom Rides), SNCC, and the SCLC.