Comparison Of Walter White's The Fire And The Flint

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After graduating from Atlanta University in 1916, Walter found a position to work in insurance. This soon came to a stop when he discovered cuts in funding for African-American students. White immediately started protesting. He then became a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1918, when he started a local chapter. Walter advanced quickly in the organization and was chosen to be assistant secretary by James Weldon Johnson (Walter White Biography 1). In his new position, White began to investigate lynchings in the South. During the investigations Walter would take full advantage of his white appearance to collect responses from politicians and suspected lynchers. Each time he "crossed the color line", (Walter F(rancis) White 1), he put himself into danger. In 1919, Walter White was finally discovered to be black and had to go on the run for a while. He then used his experience from all of his "forty-two lynching",(Watson 3), investigations to write books on this subject. One book, for example, is called The Fire and the Flint. This book is about a doctor returning to the south only to be lynched.…show more content…
He continued to prevent and investigate lynchings in this position. Unfortunately, even with the support of Eleanor Roosevelt, he could not institute an anti-lynching law (Walter White Biography 3). White continued to fight for racial equality by directing NAACP to use legal channels to help stop segregation. One of Walter 's biggest impacts for the civil rights movement was his ability to sway presidents decisions. He encouraged President Franklin Roosevelt to issue 1941 's Fair Employment Practices executive order. Then by personal contact and his book,The Rising Wind, he persuaded President Harry Truman in 1948 to desegregate the armed forces. Sadly,Walter would go on to live only seven more years after this great accomplishment; Dying of a heart attack on March
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