Lowell D. Thompson is a Chicago-born, bred and based
artist/writer/creative catalyst. He calls himself a "recovering adman"
because he spent the first 35 years of his adulthood creating ads and
commercials for many of the nation's biggest advertising agencies.
In fact, he was one of the first African Americans hired in advertising when American companies finally opened themselves to "unwhites" following the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the urban riots that followed.
Thompson is a contributor to AALBC.com check out his articles.
Americans in Chicago (Images of America)
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Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (February 6, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 0.3 inches
The story of black Chicago is so rich that few know it all. It began long before the city itself. "The first white man here was a black man," Potowatami natives reportedly said about Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the brown-skinned man recognized as Chicago's first non-Indian settler. It's all here: from the site of DuSable's cabin--now smack-dab in the middle of Chicago's Magnificent Mile--to images of famous and infamous residents like boxers Jack Johnson, Muhammed Ali, and Joe Louis. Here are leaders and cultural touchstones like Jesse Binga's bank, Robert S. Abbott's Chicago Defender, legendary filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, Ida B. Wells, the Eighth Regiment, Jesse Jackson, Oprah, and much more . . . including a guy named Obama. Here is the black Chicago family album, of folks who made and never made the headlines, and pictures and stories of kinship and fellowship of African Americans leaving the violent, racist South and "goin' to Chicago" to find their piece of the American Dream. Chicago has been called the "Second City," but black Chicago is second to none.
"WHITE FOLKS": Seeing America Through Black Eyes
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Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Lowell Thompson Creates; 1 edition (August 10, 1996)
"WHITEFOLKS: Seeing America Through Black Eyes" is Thompson first book. Thompson designed the cover painting, wrote and set the type, and self-published it in 1995. It has become a classic in the arcane field of "Whiteness Studies", being one of the first books ever written on the subject (before it was a subject to most of "white" academia).
by Tom Burrell
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Smiley Books; 1 edition (February 1, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1 inches
"Black people are not dark-skinned white people," says advertising
visionary Tom Burrell. In fact, they are much more. They are survivors of
the Middle Passage and centuries of humiliation and deprivation, who have
excelled against the odds, constantly making a way out of "No way!" At this
pivotal point in history, the idea of black inferiority should have had a
"Going-Out-of-Business Sale." After all, Barack Obama has reached America’s
Yet, as Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority testifies, too many in black America are still wandering in the wilderness. In this powerful examination of “the greatest propaganda campaign of all time”—the masterful marketing of black inferiority, aka the BI Complex—Burrell poses ten disturbing questions that will make black people look in the mirror and ask why, nearly 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, so many blacks still think and act like slaves. Burrell’s acute awareness of the power of words and images to shift, shape, and change the collective consciousness has led him to connect the contemporary and historical dots that have brought us to this crossroads.
Brainwashed is not a reprimand—it is a call to action. It demands that we question our self-defeating attitudes and behaviors. Racism is not the issue; how we respond to media distortions and programmed self-hatred is the issue. It’s time to reverse the BI campaign with a globally based initiative that harnesses the power of new media and the wisdom of intergenerational coalitions. Provocative and powerful, Brainwashed dares to expose the wounds so that we, at last, can heal.