Author, activist Julius Lester dies at 78

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Julius Lester

By Dusty Christensen and Bera Dunau, The Daily Hampshire Gazette

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BELCHERTOWN — Julius Lester, a renowned author, musician, activist and photographer who taught for three decades at the University of Massachusetts, died Thursday surrounded by family at the age of 78. Lester was a national figure who chose to make his home in the Pioneer Valley for decades, and who left an indelible mark on it.

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