The NAACP honors civil rights leader Walter Francis White.
1937 (Jul 2)
Atlanta-born writer and civil rights leader Walter F. White was honored by the NAACP for his work as the organization's executive secretary, his investigations into lynchings, and his lobbying for a federal anti-lynching law. White was successful in getting anti-lynching measures introduced in 1935 and 1940, but both attempts died in the Senate. Although White had blond hair and blue eyes, he was of African descent and identified with the Black race, especially after the 1906 Atlanta race riot.