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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dempsey Jerome Travis  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1920 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Dempsey Travis was born and raised in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

In addition to his writing Travis actively participated in the Civil Rights Movement. He was president of the Chicago chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1959 to 1960. During the latter year he coordinated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s first civil rights march in Chicago.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Autobiography of Black Chicago
ISBN: 0941484017

Urban Research Pr. 1991

Few were more qualified than Dempsey Travis to write the history of African Americans in Chicago, and none would be able to do it with the same command of firsthand sources. This seminal paperback reissue of Travis's best-known work, An Autobiography of Black Chicago, depicts Chicago's African-American community through the personal experiences of Dempsey Travis, his family, and his circle. Starting with John Baptiste Point du Sable, who was the first non–Native American to settle on the mouth of the Chicago River, and ending with Travis's own successes leading the city's NAACP chapter, organizing Martin Luther King's first march in the city, and providing equal housing opportunities for black Chicagoans, An Autobiography of Black Chicago is a comprehensive yet intimate history of African Americans in 20th-century Chicago.

Autobiography of Black Jazz
ISBN: 0941484106

Urban Research Pr. 1983

Black singers, musicians, comedians, and performers reminisce about their lives and careers, their fellow entertainers, and famous jazz clubs

An Autobiography of Black Politics
ISBN: 094148405X

Urban Research Pr. 1987

Book by Travis, Dempsey J.

Real Estate Is the Gold in Your Future
ISBN: 0941484076

Urban Research Pr. 1988

Real Estate Is the Gold in Your Future

Harold, the People's Mayor: An Authorized Biography of Mayor Harold Washington
ISBN: 0941484084

Urban Research Pr. 1988

Looks at the life and political career of Chicago's first black mayor.

Racism: American Style a Corporate Gift
ISBN: 0941484092

Urban Research Pr. 1990

Book by Travis, Dempsey J.

I Refuse to Learn to Fail: The Autobiography of Dempsey J. Travis
ISBN: 0941484122

Urban Research Pr. 1992

Book by Travis, Dempsey J.

They heard a thousand thunders
ISBN: 0941484289

Urban Research Press. 1999

Book by Travis, Dempsey