Granger, Lester B. (Lester Blackwell), 1896-1976

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Member of Dartmouth Class of 1918.

From the description of [Collection of his published writings]. 1939-1953. (Dartmouth College Library). WorldCat record id: 240653249

Lester Blackwell Granger was an African American civic leader and social worker. Born in 1896, he grew up in Newark, NJ, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1918. After serving in the United States Army during the First World War, he worked briefly for the Newark chapter of the National Urban League. From 1922 to 1934, Granger was an extension worker with the New Jersey state vocational school for African American youth in Bordentown. He served on the worker's educational section of the National Urban League from 1934 to 1938, and led the organization's efforts to promote trade unionism among African American workers and challenge racism by employers and labor organizations. He served as assistant executive secretary of the National Urban League from 1940 to 1941 and as executive secretary from 1941 to 1961. He was also a leading figure in the field of social work, serving as president of the National Conference of Social Work in 1952. After retiring from the National Urban League in 1961, Granger joined the faculty of Dillard University in New Orleans, LA, and in 1972 was named Amistad Scholar in Residence there. He died in Alexandria, LA in 1976.

From the description of Lester Blackwell Granger papers, 1936-1970. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702197777

Social worker.

From the description of Reminiscences of Lester B. Granger : oral history, 1961. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309744132

Lester Blackwell Granger was an African-American civic leader and social worker. Born in 1896, he grew up in Newark, NJ, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1918. After serving in the United States Army during the First World War, he worked briefly for the Newark chapter of the National Urban League. From 1922 to 1934, Granger was an extension worker with the New Jersey state vocational school for African-American youth in Bordentown. He served on the worker's educational section of the National Urban League from 1934 to 1938, and led the organization's efforts to promote trade unionism among African American workers and challenge racism by employers and labor organizations. He served as assistant executive secretary of the National Urban League from 1940 to 1941 and as executive secretary from 1941 to 1961. He was also a leading figure in social work, serving as president of the National Conference of Social Work in 1952. After retiring from the National Urban League in 1961, Granger joined the faculty of Dillard University in New Orleans, LA, and in 1972 was named Amistad Scholar in Residence there. He died in Alexandria, LA in 1976.

Biographical note is drawn from The African American Registry and the National Association of Social Workers Foundation websites for Granger (accessed on 17 December 2009).

From the guide to the Lester Blackwell Granger papers, 1936-1970, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Atlanta Urban League. Board of Directors correspondence, 1947-1968. Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf National Urban League. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1939-1976. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Granger, Lester Blackwell. Lester Blackwell Granger papers, 1936-1970. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Miller, Loren. Papers of Loren Miller, 1876-2003 (bulk dates 1932-1966) Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Ross Thalheimer papers, 1940-1978 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Photograph of Lester B. Granger delivering commencement address at Southern University, 1948 June 4. Southern University and A&M College
creatorOf Jewish Theatre for Children. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1960. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Frank S. Horne papers, 1927-1974 Tulane University, Amistad Research Center
creatorOf Lester Blackwell Granger papers, 1936-1970 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Thalheimer, Ross, 1905-. Ross Thalheimer papers, 1940-1978. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn John Mason Brown papers, 1922-1967. Houghton Library
referencedIn SPECIAL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM National Archives at College Park
referencedIn National Urban League. Southern Regional Office. Records, 1900-1988 (bulk 1943-1978). Library of Congress
creatorOf Granger, Lester B. (Lester Blackwell), 1896-1976. [Collection of his published writings]. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Atlanta Urban League. Executive Director Robert A. Thompson administrative files, 1949-1965. Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library
creatorOf Lawrence D. Reddick World War II project, 1943-1953 (bulk 1943-1945) New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Loren Miller papers, 1876-2003, 1932-1966 Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery
creatorOf Granger, Lester B. (Lester Blackwell), 1896-1976. Reminiscences of Lester B. Granger : oral history, 1961. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Papers of Pauli Murray, 1827-1985 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf National Urban League. Records of the National Urban League, 1910-1986 (bulk 1930-1979). Library of Congress
referencedIn Atlanta Urban League. Housing Dept. Housing Dept. correspondence and administrative files, 1942-1977. Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library
creatorOf Granger, Lester B. (Lester Blackwell), 1896-1976. [Afro-American pamphlets. Part 1]. Library of Congress
creatorOf Granger, Lester B. (Lester Blackwell), 1896-1976. [Afro-American pamphlets. Part 3]. Library of Congress
referencedIn A. Philip Randolph Papers, 1909-1979, (bulk 1941-1968) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Memorandum for the Files of June 24, 1958 by Rocco C. Siciliano Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
referencedIn Randolph, A. Philip (Asa Philip), 1889-1979. A. Philip Randolph papers, 1909-1979 (bulk 1941-1968). Library of Congress
referencedIn National Urban League Records, 1900-1988, (bulk 1930-1979) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Caroline Bond Day papers Peabody Museum Archives, Harvard University
creatorOf Granger, Lester B. (Lester Blackwell), 1896-1976. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1939. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Granger, Lester B., 1896-1976. Papers. 1959-1972. Tulane University, Amistad Research Center
referencedIn Claude Barnett and the Associated Negro Press, 1976-1977 Indiana University, Bloomington. Center for the Study of History and Memory
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associatedWith Atlanta Urban League. corporateBody
associatedWith Atlanta Urban League. Housing Dept. corporateBody
correspondedWith Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969 person
associatedWith Caroline Bond Day person
associatedWith Congress of Racial Equality. corporateBody
associatedWith Edwin, Ed, person
associatedWith Fowler, Manet Harrison 1895-1976. person
associatedWith Horne, Frank Smith, 1899-1974. person
associatedWith Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory corporateBody
associatedWith Ingersoll, William T., person
associatedWith Jewish Theatre for Children. corporateBody
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith Miller, Loren person
associatedWith Miller, Loren. person
associatedWith National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. corporateBody
associatedWith National Urban League. corporateBody
associatedWith National Urban League. Southern Regional Office. corporateBody
correspondedWith Pauli Murray, 1910-1985 person
correspondedWith Randolph, A. Philip (Asa Philip), 1889-1979. person
associatedWith Reddick, Lawrence Dunbar, 1910-1995. person
associatedWith Thalheimer, Ross, 1905- person
associatedWith Wilkins, Roy, 1901-1981 person
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African Americans
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African Americans
African Americans
African Americans
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African American teachers
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Birth 1896-09-16

Death 1976-01

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