BLACK MEN OF YESTERDAY: LOUIS LOMAX, 1st BLACK TV JOURNALIST
(August 16, 1922- July 30, 1970) Louis Emanuel Lomax was born in Valdosta, GA and studied at Paine college in Agusta where he became editor of the student newspaper. After earning his Ph.D from Yale he began his journalism career writing for the Afro-American and Chicago Defender focusing on issues pertaining to African Americans. In 1958 he became the first Black TV journalist joining “WNTA-TV” in New York.
In 1959 it was he who told famed TV reporter and colleague, Mike Wallace about the Nation of Islam and together they produced a five part documentary titled “The Hate that Hate produced” It was the first time “White” America was introduced to Malcolm X and The Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
Later Lomax became a freelance writer and eventually got his own show covering the Civil rights movement, as well as interviewing Black Panthers. He was a known member of the Student Non violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and other civil rights organizations.
It is known knowledge that the FBI had a 150 page file on Lomax at the time of his death in 1970 he was writing a three volume project on Black History. He was 47