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Following Murray Kempton's example

Following Murray Kempton's example

This year is chock-a-block with centennial celebrations. It is the anniversary of the Russian Revolution and President John F. Kennedy’s birth. In researching some material for Boys’ Latin School, where I teach history, I came across another centennial for a lesser known individual, an alumnus of the school: the late journalist Murray Kempton, who won the Pulitzer Prize (which is also celebrating its centennial in 2017) for distinguished commentary in 1985.

After graduating from Boys’ Latin, Kempton went to Johns Hopkins University and worked briefly in Baltimore as a social worker before leaving to take a job with the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. Kempton was...