Walter White by Thomas Dyja
The Dilemma of Black Identity in America (Library of African-American Biography)

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The day Walter White was buried in 1955 the New York Times called him "the nearest approach to a national leader of American Negroes since Booker T. Washington." For more than two decades, White, as secretary of the NAACP, was perhaps the nation's most visible and most powerful African-American leader. He won passage of a federal anti-lynching law, hosted one of the premier salons of the Harlem Renaissance, created the legal strategy that led to Brown v. Board of Education, and initiated the campaign demanding that Hollywood give better roles to black actors. Driven by ambitions for himself and his people, he offered his entire life to the advancement of civil rights in America.
 

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THOMAS DYJA is the author of three novels and two works of nonfiction. A native of Chicago's Northwest Side, he was once called “a real Chicago boy” by Studs Terkel.
 
Published September 18, 2008 by Ivan R. Dee. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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Compact, insightful biography seeks to restore the historical importance of the energetic, light-skinned NAACP secretary whose leadership laid the groundwork for the civil-rights movement.

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