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E. Lee Lassiter

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalism Professor
Newspaper Columnist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Yellow
Favorite Food:
Hot Dogs, Beans
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
North Carolina
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/11/1936
Birth Location:
Carpenter, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalism Professor
Newspaper Columnist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Yellow
Favorite Food:
Hot Dogs, Beans
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
North Carolina
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/11/1936
Birth Location:
Carpenter
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Biography

Newspaper columnist and journalism professor E. Lee Lassiter was born on July 11, 1936, in Carpenter, North Carolina. His father, Narvie Lassiter, was a tenant farmer while his mother, Margie Upchurch Lassiter, was a housewife and sold cosmetics. Lassiter’s parents made a pact that all of their children would graduate from high school and, unlike most tenant farmers, insisted they attend school every day. Lassiter attended the segregated Apex Elementary School in Apex, North Carolina and Barry O’Kelly High School in Method, North Carolina, graduating in 1954. He worked his way through college at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama in, receiving his B.A. degree in secondary education in 1959. He earned his M.A. degree in journalism from Boston University in 1963 and his Ed.D. degree from Morgan State University in 1993.

While a student at Tuskegee, Lassiter joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps. In 1961, he served in the Adjutant General’s Corps of the Army as a correspondence officer and technical writer and remained in the Army Reserves for another ten years. Near the close of 1961, he joined the editorial staff at the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper before moving, in 1965, to the Baltimore News-American, where he remained until the newspaper ceased operations in 1986. During his time at the Baltimore News-American, Lassiter wrote editorials and worked in various positions in the editing department. In 1974, he became a regular columnist at the newspaper, with syndicated columns in newspapers around the nation. After the paper closed, Lassiter accepted a position as an associate professor of English at Coppin State University. He retired from teaching in 1999, and began working as a public relations associate for the University. In 2003, he retired from that position, but accepted a contract to work in the same capacity online from his home.

Lassiter is an active member of numerous associations, including the NAACP, the Baltimore Tuskegee Alumni Association and the Black Writers’ Guild of Maryland. He has been a member of Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Baltimore for forty-four years. Active in community service for almost forty years, among his numerous awards are the Tuskegee University Presidential Associate Award, African Methodist Episcopal Church Christian Service Award and the Council for Cultural Progress Public Service Award. In 1981, he was honored with a Giant in Journalism trophy. Lassiter lives in Baltimore with his wife, Hannah Louise Lassiter.

E. Lee Lassiter was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 16, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of E. Lee Lassiter's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - E. Lee Lassiter lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - E. Lee Lassiter describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - E. Lee Lassiter describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - E. Lee Lassiter talks about his maternal grandfather, Claude Upchurch
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - E. Lee Lassiter talks about her mother's lack of education, but her own emphasis on the importance of education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - E. Lee Lassiter describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - E. Lee Lassiter talks about his paternal grandfather who was a farmer
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - E. Lee Lassiter talks about his father's growing up in Chatham County, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - E. Lee Lassiter describes how his parents met and married
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - E. Lee Lassiter talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - E. Lee Lassiter describes his parents' personalities and his likeness to them
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - E. Lee Lassiter discusses his parents' emphasis on their children's education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - E. Lee Lassiter describes her earliest childhood memories of Christmas with his family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - E. Lee Lassiter describes the community where he grew up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - E. Lee Lassiter describes his father's reputation as a farmer, and his efforts as a parent
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - E. Lee Lassiter recalls his favorite radio programs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - E. Lee Lassiter talks about the show 'Amos 'n' Andy'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - E. Lee Lassiter talks about his mother's entrepreneurship and his interest in magazines
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - E. Lee Lassiter talks about being bused to his elementary school in Apex, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - E. Lee Lassiter describes his experience in elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - E. Lee Lassiter talks about his elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - E. Lee Lassiter talks about his family's car
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - E. Lee Lassiter talks about his teachers in school and his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - E. Lee Lassiter talks about the importance and role of church in his upbringing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - E. Lee Lassiter describes his experience in high school, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - E. Lee Lassiter describes his experience in highs school, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - E. Lee Lassiter talks about how he learned about black history and black literary giants while in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - E. Lee Lassiter talks about his extracurricular involvement in school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - E. Lee Lassiter talks about his father's taking he and his brother to the black museum in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - E. Lee Lassiter talks about being the editor of his high school newspaper
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - E. Lee Lassiter discusses his awareness of civil rights and the 'Brown vs. Board of Education' ruling
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - E. Lee Lassiter discusses his decision to attend Tuskegee University, and he and his brother's long trip to high school during their senior year
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - E. Lee Lassiter talks about graduating from high school and the teachers who influenced him
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - E. Lee Lassiter describes how his family raised the money for him to attend Tuskegee University in 1954
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - E. Lee Lassiter discusses his journey from North Carolina to Tuskegee University, and being away from home
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - E. Lee Lassiter describes his experience at Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - E. Lee Lassiter talks about the five-year program at Tuskegee University, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - E. Lee Lassiter talks about his education at Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - E. Lee Lassiter talks about the teachers who influenced him at Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - E. Lee Lassiter talks about graduating from Tuskegee University and applying to Boston University for graduate school in journalism