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Higgins, Chester A., Sr.

(born: 1917  -  died: 2000) 

Higgins was born in Chicago and raised in Lexington, KY. A World War II veteran, he attended Kentucky State College [now Kentucky State University], Louisville Municipal College for Negroes, and the University of Louisville. He served as a reporter, writer, and editor for a number of publications, including the Louisville Defender, the Pittsburgh Courier, the Detroit Courier, the NAACP magazine Crisis, and Jet. In 1967, the National Newspaper Publishers awarded Higgins first place in the feature news category. Higgins was also involved in a number of organizations, including serving as Executive Secretary of the Louisville National Negro Labor Council, and he was Special Assistant to Benjamin Hooks, the first African American to become the Federal Communications Commissioner. Higgins taught at Malcom X College in Chicago and at Michigan State University. He was the father of Chester Higgins, Jr. For more see L. Estrada, "Chester Higgins Sr., Jet magazine editor," Chicago Sun-times, 05/29/2000, News section, p. 47; and Kentucky HR168.


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NKAA Entry: Louisville Municipal College for Negroes
NKAA Entry: Higgins, Chester A., Jr.
NKAA Source: The Louisville defender (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The Pittsburgh courier (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Detroit courier (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Crisis (periodical)
NKAA Source: Jet (periodical)
NKAA Source: Chicago sun-times (newspaper)

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