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Lez Edmond

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
Psychology Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons Except Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
I Believe In Peace, Justice, And Truth.

Birthplace

Born:
5/9/1932
Birth Location:
Jacksonville, Florida

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
Psychology Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons Except Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
I Believe In Peace, Justice, And Truth.

Birthplace

Born:
5/9/1932
Birth Location:
Jacksonville
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Biography

Distinguished professor Lez Edmond was born in Jacksonville, Florida. He was on the faculty of one of America’s leading Catholic institutions of higher learning, St. John’s University in New York City. As a child, Edmond attended a Seventh Day Adventist school, where he received his high school diploma. Edmond continued his education and received his B.A. degree and his M.A. degree from Adelphi University. He then received his PhD degree from the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In 1962, Edmond co-authored with Earl Sweeting African History: An Illustrated Handbook, presenting the accomplishments of the continent of Africa and its people. In 1964, Edmond wrote the Harlem Diary, chronicling his thoughts and observances about Harlem’s 1964 race riot. Harlem Diary appeared in the Catholic magazine, Ramparts, and was reprinted in Reporting Civil Rights: American Journalism. By the late 1960s, Edmond had become a known civil rights activist in Harlem. He worked closely with several civil rights leaders including Malcolm X, who invited him to attend meetings at the Nation of Islam.

Edmond began his professional career in research and development at Radio Engineering Lab in Long Island, New York. Joining Seton Hall University, Edmond began his teaching career. He continued his studies with psychologist Carl Rogers before joining St. John’s University as an associate professor of Psychology and the Social Sciences at the school’s College of Professional Studies. Edmond was the recipient of the Spirit of St. John’s Award.

Edmond lived in New York City.

Edmond passed away in April 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lez Edmond describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lez Edmond describes his maternal great-grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lez Edmond describes his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lez Edmond describes his mother's siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lez Edmond describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lez Edmond talks about his family members who migrated north
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lez Edmond describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Lez Edmond describes his community in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Lez Edmond recalls his role models in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lez Edmond recalls popular musicians from his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lez Edmond remembers reading African American newspapers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lez Edmond describes his childhood understanding of race, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lez Edmond recalls his childhood understanding of race, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lez Edmond describes his Seventh-day Adventist school in Jacksonville
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lez Edmond describes his experiences of discrimination in Jacksonville
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lez Edmond recalls learning about the murder of Emmett Till
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lez Edmond talks about witnessing racial violence in New York City's Harlem
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Lez Edmond describes the meetings of the Organization of Afro-American Unity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lez Edmond remembers the bookstores he frequented in New York City, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lez Edmond remembers the bookstores he frequented in New York City, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lez Edmond describes his decision to attend Adelphi College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lez Edmond describes Adelphi College in Garden City, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lez Edmond recalls joining the Civil Rights Movement in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lez Edmond remembers his relationship with Malcolm X
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lez Edmond talks about his career in electronics, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lez Edmond talks about his career in electronics, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lez Edmond describes his coworkers at Radio Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lez Edmond remembers President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lez Edmond remembers Malcolm X
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lez Edmond talks about his Native American ancestry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lez Edmond describes the ethnic diversity of Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lez Edmond describes his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lez Edmond describes the events leading to the riots in Harlem in 1964
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lez Edmond remembers writing about the riots in Harlem in 1964
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Lez Edmond remembers his decision to pursue a teaching career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lez Edmond describes his opposition to the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lez Edmond recalls lessons from Malcolm X
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lez Edmond describes his early teaching career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lez Edmond remembers joining the faculty of St. Johns University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lez Edmond recalls lessons from psychologist Carl Rogers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lez Edmond describes Malcolm's X's role in the community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lez Edmond recalls being offered positions in journalism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Lez Edmond recalls the First World Festival of Black Arts in Dakar, Senegal
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Lez Edmond describes his relationship with psychologist Carl Rogers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Lez Edmond talks about the stories of the Bible
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Lez Edmond talks about his master's degree in education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Lez Edmond talks about psychic phenomena
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Lez Edmond talks about relations between African Americans and Jewish people
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Lez Edmond remembers Lewis H. Michaux, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Lez Edmond remembers Lewis H. Michaux, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Lez Edmond reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Lez Edmond recalls serving as a consultant to filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Lez Edmond remembers creating his film, 'Zabriskie Point'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Lez Edmond reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Lez Edmond describes his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Lez Edmond remembers being hired at St. Johns University in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Lez Edmond narrates his photographs