Walter White : The Dilemma of Black Identity in America

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-07-16
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network
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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. Thomas Dyja's fascinating and compelling biography of this prominent African American takes us into the personal and political world of this fair-skinned, blond and blue-eyed, brash and impulsive, stylish and complex man who devoted himself to the concept of a color-blind nation.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 3
A World of His Ownp. 7
The Life Insurance Temperamentp. 27
Undercover Against Lynchingp. 45
At the Center of the Harlem Renaissancep. 70
Conflict, Control, and the Making of Mr. Naacpp. 107
Fighting on All Frontsp. 153
"I am white and I am black"p. 178
Acknowledgmentsp. 191
A Note on Sourcesp. 193
Indexp. 199
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