Morehouse College is mourning the loss of one of their noted alumnus and iconic journalist Lerone Bennett Jr. In a post on Twitter Friday, the official Morehouse College Twitter account announced that Bennett has died.

“Morehouse College Mourns the Loss of Iconic Journalist Lerone Bennett Jr., former executive editor of Ebony and Acclaimed Historian,” wrote Morehouse on Twitter. “He honed his journalistic talent at Morehouse, where he developed a passion for writing, research, and intellectual debate.”

“Bennett served as an apprentice on the Maroon Tiger school newspaper in the 1940s,” the black college continued. “He was on staff when early writings by Martin Luther King Jr.’48 were published in the Maroon Tiger. Bennett also served as an editor for the newspaper.”

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