1893-1955 An African American Civil Right leader. Aided by his fair skin, he made on-the-spot investigations of lynchings and race riots and conducted a vigorous, sustained drive for enactment of a federal antilynching law. In 1918, when he joined the NAACP staff, 67 persons, all but 4 of them blacks, were lynched. In the year of his death, 1955, there were only three recorded lynchings, and none had occurred in the five previous years. Lynchings had become a rarity and were soon to disappear from the American scene. He was a major player in the Harlem Renaissance and White’s writings include two fictionalized accounts of a Southern lynching: The Fire in the Flint (1924) and Rope and F***got: A Biography of Judge Lynch (1929). His autobiography, A Man Called White, was published in 1948.