Activist Walter White

Photo of Walter White, activist and Secretary of NAACP, at a table with microphone for NBC, February 24, 1934. (Photo by Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images)

Relentless. White testifying before Congress on February 24, 1934, was small and slight but had a lion’s heart. His digging into the plague of terrorist lynchings helped steer the NAACP toward a more pronouncedly activist stance on the grim topic. (Afro Newspaper/Gado/Getty Images)

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