The Life and Times of Louis Lomax: The Art of Deliberate Disunity
by Thomas Aiello
Publication Date: Apr 02, 2021
List Price: $32.34
Format: Paperback, 264 pages
Imprint: Duke University Press Books
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Parent Company: Duke University
Syndicated television and radio host. Serial liar. Pioneering journalist. Convicted criminal. Close ally of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Publicity-seeking provocateur. Louis Lomax’s life was a study in contradiction. In this biography, Thomas Aiello traces the complicated and fascinating arc of Lomax’s life and career, showing how the contradictions, tumult, and inconsistencies that marked his life reflected those of 1960s America.
Aiello takes readers from Lomax’s childhood in the Deep South to his early confidence schemes to his emergence as one of the loudest and most influential voices of the civil rights movement. Regardless of what political position he happened to take at any given moment, Lomax preached “the art of deliberate disunity,” in which the path to democracy could only be achieved through a diversity of opinions. Engaging and broad in scope, The Life and Times of Louis Lomax is the definitive study of one of the civil rights era’s most complicated, important, and overlooked figures.