Author Sam Greenlee, best known for his work, The Spook Who Sat by the Door, died at his home in Chicago on Monday.

He was 83. 


Pemon Remi, a longtime mentee of Greenlee’s and Director of Educational Services and Public Programs at Chicago’s DuSable Museum, tells that the 83-year-old had been in and out of the hospital for the past two years.

A veteran, Greenlee published The Spook in 1969; the story of a CIA agent who uses his training to turn a Chicago street gang into a Black guerrilla army was made into a film in 1973.

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Our condolences go out to Mr. Greenlee’s family at this time.

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