Lerone Bennett Jr. is an American scholar, author and historian.
Bennett was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi the son of late Lerone Bennett Sr. and Alma Reed. When he was young his family moved to Jackson, Mississippi. He is most notable for his work as an editor for Ebony Magazine and for two historical texts: Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America, 1619-1962 and Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln's White Dream. The former discusses the contributions of African Americans in the United States, while the latter questions President Abraham Lincoln's role as the "Great Emancipator". Bennett is an alumnus of Morehouse College. Mr. Bennett is also a distinguished member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.