(1904–80), writer, reporter, poet, English professor, administrator in various New Deal agencies, especially Farm Security Administration. Senior field representative for FEPC in the South (1941–42); handled most organizing, investigation for Birmingham hearings (June 1942). Placed in charge of FEPC’s New York office (July 1942); resigned (March 1943), wrote articles in New York Post exposing inadequacies of FEPC. Officer on liberty ship Booker T. Washington, first integrated ship in American war effort (May 1943–45). Raised in Birmingham.