STORIES OF ATLANTA

Walter White

Stories of Atlanta - A Question of Courage

Walter White was a mixed race Atlanta child who was the great-grandchild of President William Henry Harrison. But he identified as African-American and was instrumental in founding the Atlanta Chapter of the NAACP, an organization for which he would eventually become its national executive director. A series of lawsuits during White’s tenure lead to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision. But his dedication to the cause was demonstrated years earlier when he went undercover as an investigator gathering information on lynching and race riots in the Deep South.

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