Morehouse graduate, attorney Lerone Bennett III, dies

Lerone Bennett III, prominent Atlanta-area attorney, has died.

Bennett III received a B.A., in Political Science from the prestigious Morehouse College in 1982 and earned his JD from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University. Lerone Bennett III, like his father, was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

Bennett, widely considered one of Atlanta’s most sought-after practitioners of law, was a member of one of the most esteemed families in Black America.

Bennett’s mother, Gloria Cecelia Sylvester Bennett, was a journalist, and a revolutionary civic leader who was the founding co-chairperson of Chicago Focus, a multiethnic activist group of women against racism. Mrs. Bennett also founded the Tolton Advisory Board of the Catholic Theological Union (CTU), a progressive ministry program.

Mrs. Bennett passed away in June, 2009.

Zondra Hughes

Deputy Editor, Rolling Out

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