Lunch With Books takes look at the NAACP’s Walter F. White

WHEELING — The Ohio County Public Library will present its Lunch With Books program at noon on Tuesday, when Ron Lewis will discuss his book, “Walter F. White: The NAACP’s Ambassador for Racial Justice” (WVU Press).

White was head of the NAACP from 1929 until his death in 1955. During his long tenure, White was in the vanguard of the struggle for interracial justice. His reputation went into decline, however, in the era of grassroots activism that followed his death. White’s disagreements with the U.S. left, and his ambiguous racial background-he was of mixed heritage, could “pass” as white, and divorced a black woman to marry a white woman-fueled ambivalence about his legacy. In this comprehensive biography, Zangrando and Lewis seek to provide a reassessment of White within the context of his own time, revising critical interpretations of his career.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, they begin at noon on Tuesdays in the library’s auditorium. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided.

Call the Ohio County Public Library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website at for more information.


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