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Ebon Dooley Collection

Identifier: aarl011-024

Scope and Contents note

Ebon Dooley Collection is 63.5 linear feet and date from 1970 to 1990. Found within the collection are Civic Organizations, Liberation Movements: Africa, Liberation Movements: Asia, Liberation Movements: China, Liberation Movement: Latin America / Caribbean, Liberation Movement: Middle East, Liberation Movement: Native America, Liberation Movement: Women Struggle and Liberation Movement: USA, Newsletters / Articles / Reports, Newsletters, Newspapers & Newsletters, Newspapers & News Clippings, Arts & Culture, Poems and Plays, Radio Station, Southern Education Foundation, National, State & Local Politics, Ebon, International Business Development/Non-Profit Corporation, Technology & Labor, Magazines, Journals, Magazines / Reports / Pamphlets / Correspondence, Pamphlets/Newsletters, and Books.


  • 1970 - 1990


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for use only on the third floor (Archives Division) of the Auburn Avenue Research Library.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on research use of the collection, but permission must be obtained for reproductions of materials for which the Research Library does not hold copyright to researcher, permission for “Fair Use” as defined in the copyright law (Title 17, United States Code). Also permission must be obtained to publish/reproductions from materials for which the Research Library does hold copyright for one time use only.

Biographical note

Ebon Dooley was born Leon Thomas Hale, January 25, 1942, in Milan, Tennessee, the oldest child of the three children of Leon and Beatrice Hale of the small farming community of Milan, Tennessee. Son of a school-teacher and the grandchild of middle-class farmers, he was educated in the Milan, Tennessee public schools. After the 10th grade he enrolled in Nashville’s Fisk University on an early entrant scholarship. He chose to go by the name ‘Ebon’ while in Fisk University Nashville, Tennessee where he was the managing editor of the Fisk literary magazine and newspaper. Ebon, after graduation from Fisk University Nashville, Tennessee, entered Columbia Law School in New York City as a regional honors scholar in 1963. After graduation in 1967 he went to Chicago as a VISTA legal volunteer. While in Chicago he joined the OBAC Writers Workshop (Organization for Black American Culture) founded in 1967. In 1968 his book, “Revolution: A Poem” was published.

After Chicago, Ebon moved to Atlanta in 1969 to run the Timbuku and Uhuru bookstores, each of which specialized in Afro-American works, until 1974. His most creative works were in the management of organizations that encouraged artistic and social expression. The following are some of the organizations he was affiliated with: The Neighborhood Art Center; The Arts Exchange; Atlanta’s Radio Free Georgia (WRFG) Community Radio Station, where he served as president of the Board of Directors among many other positions, such as Broadcasting Director; The Little Five Point Community Center, the Pan African Conference, and the Board of Directors of Pacifica News. He was on the Board of Directors of the Southern Education Program, formed to recruit black teachers from the North for local colleges. He was involved in the establishment of the Dunbar Center, the Atlanta Center for Black Arts. In 1975, as a CETA worker, he began teaching at Atlanta’s Neighborhood Arts Center. Ebon Dooley passed away, October 12, 2006.


70.3 Linear feet




The Ebon Dooley Collection is arranged into sixteen (16) series: Series 1, Civic Organizations; Series 2, Liberation Movements and Labor Unions; Series 3, Newsletters and Newspapers including News Clippings; Series 4, Arts and Culture; Series 5, Poems and Plays; Series 6, Radio Station; Series 7, Southern Education Foundation; Series 8, National, State and Local Politics; Series 9, Ebon; Series 10, International Business Development/Non-Profit Corporation; Series 11, Technology and Labor; Series 12, Magazines; Series 13, Journals; Series 14, Magazines / Reports / Pamphlets/ Correspondence; Series 15, Pamphlets and Newsletters; Series 16, Books.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, Archives Division received Ebon Dooley Collection as a gift from Teressa A. Hale, daughter of Ebon Dooley in 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Okezie E. Amalaha in 2017.


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Repository Details

Part of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History Repository

101 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta GA 30303