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10
Leon Dash
Booknotes, Sunday, November 10, 1996
Leon Dash discusses Rosa Lee: A Mother and Her Family in Urban America.

Mr. Dash talked about his new book, Rosa Lee: A Mother and Her Family in Urban America, published by Basic Books. It focuses on a single-parent family of eight children in public housing in Washington, DC over the past fifty years. He also talked about the problems of the African-American underclass and what can be done to address them. (timspalding)… (more)
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Leon Dash has been a staff reporter for the investigative and special projects department of the Washington Post since 1984. A native of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Dash grew up in New York City and graduated from Howard University, joining the Post as a metropolitan reporter in 1966. After spending two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, he returned to the Post in 1971, and from 1979 to 1984 was the newspaper's West Africa bureau chief. Dash's reporting has won the George Polk Memorial Award of the Overseas Press Club and the international reporting awards of Africare, the Capitol Press Club, and the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild. Dash is coauthor (with Ben Bagdikan) of The Shame of the Prisons (1972). In September 1994 the Post published the eight-part series "Rosa Lee's Story," for which Dash and photographer Lucian Perkins were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism, and for which Dash won first prize for print media in the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards. He lives in Mt. Ranier, Maryland. [from Rosa Lee (1996)]
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