Vincent Lushington "Roi" Ottley (August 2, 1906 — October 2, 1960) was an American journalist and writer. Although largely forgotten today, he was among the most famous African American correspondents in the United States during the mid-20th century.
Vincent Lushington Ottley|
August 2, 1906
New York City, New York, United States
|Died||October 2, 1960(aged 54)|
|Occupation||writer, journalist, broadcaster|
|Notable works||New World A-Coming: Inside Black America|
Ottley was born in New York City on August 2, 1906, to Jerome Peter and Beatrice Ottley, the second of their three children. He attended public schools in the city, and in 1926 went to St. Bonaventure College in Allegany, New York. From 1928 he studied journalism at the University of Michigan. He later studied part-time at St. John's Law School and Columbia University, both in New York City.
Ottley worked for the Amsterdam News from 1931 to 1937. In 1943 he published New World A-Coming: Inside Black America, which described life for African Americans in Harlem, New York City, in the 1920s and 1930s. The book won the Life in America prize, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and a Peabody Award, and was adapted for radio.
Ottley's other published works include Black Odyssey: The Story of the Negro in America, 1948; No Green Pastures, 1951; and Lonely Warrior: The Life and Times of Robert S. Abbot, 1955. Two were published posthumously: White Marble Lady in 1965, and The Negro in New York: An Informal Social History, 1626–1940 in 1967.
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