Walter Francis White was born on July 1, 1893, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was an American civil rights activist.
From 1931 to 1955, he led the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (also known as the NAACP), the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. He was also a journalist, a novelist, and an essayist. He graduated from Atlanta University (now known as Clark Atlanta University) in 1916 .
White wrote the following in his autobiography, titled A Man Called White:
“I am a Negro. My skin is white, my eyes are blue, my hair is blond The traits of my race are nowhere visible upon me.”
White was of African and European ancestry. His ability to pass as a white man allowed him, at great personal risk, to gather important information regarding lynchings and other discrimination.