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Monday, January 21, 2013

Walter White

Walter Francis White (1893–1955) graduated from college in 1916, he became an insurance salesman and secretary of the local NAACP branch. In 1918 the NAACP hired White as assistant secretary. White won international acclaim for his crusade against mob violence, personally investigating 41 lynchings and 8 race riots. In 1931 he succeeded Johnson as NAACP executive secretary. The NAACP under his leadership focused attention on the horrors of lynching and pressed relentlessly to end segregation in education and travel. 
Photograph of Walter Francis White, between 1920 and 1940. NAACP Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (051.00.00) Courtesy of the NAACP
[Digital ID # cph.3c07019]
Library Of Congress