From his earliest years, Walter White was determined to transcend
the rigid boundaries of segregation-era America. An African
American of exceptionally light complexion, White went undercover
as a young man to expose the depredations of Southern lynch mobs.
As executive secretary of the NAACP from 1931 until his death in
1955, White was among the nation's preeminent champions of civil
rights, leading influential national campaigns against lynching,
segregation in the military, and racism in Hollywood movies.
White is portrayed here for the first time in his full
complexity, a man whose physical appearance enabled him to
negotiate two very different worlds in segregated America, yet who
saw himself above all as an organization man, "Mr. NAACP." Deeply
researched and richly documented, White's biography provides a
revealing vantage point from which to view the leading political
and cultural figures of his time -- including W.E.B. DuBois,
Eleanor Roosevelt, and James Weldon Johnson -- and an unrivaled
glimpse into the contentious world of civil rights politics and
activism in the pre-civil rights era.
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