Era Bell Thompson (1905-1986) was an
author and editor who was an influential figure in African-American studies.
She was an editor for Ebony magazine
for almost 40 years.
After studying journalism at the
University of North Dakota and Northwestern University, she joined Ebony as an associate editor, and helped
shape the magazine’s vision throughout the decades. She published the book Africa, Land of My Fathers, in 1954,
detailing her experience of visiting 18 African countries.