In Search of Democracy: The NAACP Writings of James Weldon Johnson, Walter White, and Roy Wilkins (1920-1977)

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Walter White
(July 1, 1893–March 21, 1955)

A Chronology
1893Born to George and Madeline Harrison White on July 1 in Atlanta, Georgia.
1905Witnesses the Atlanta race riot at the age of twelve. Helping to defend his home and family against a mob of bloodthirsty whites, he realizes his identity as an African American.
1912Enters Atlanta University's freshman class.
1916Graduates from Atlanta University and works as an insurance agent for Standard Insurance Company in Atlanta. Helps to form the Atlanta branch of the NAACP and spearheads the campaign against the mounting racial discrimination as practiced by the Atlanta Board of Education.
1917Meets James Weldon Johnson in Atlanta. Johnson persuades him to join the staff of the national office of the NAACP.
1918Joins the staff of the NAACP in New York City on January 31. His major areas of responsibility include helping to coordinate the legal program.
1919Volunteers to undertake the dangerous task of investigating some of the most sinister crimes of lynching in the south. Because of his blue eyes, blond hair, and overall Caucasian appearance, is able to "pass." The NAACP uses his findings as data for their publication Thirty Years of Lynching. This work, the first statistical analysis of lynching, is published by the Association.
1920James Weldon Johnson becomes chief executive officer (secretary) of the NAACP and White is the Association's assistant secretary. The advent of Johnson and White as a leadership team marks the

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