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(November 5, 1926-October 24, 1997) Born James DeBois Williams Jr. in Baltimore. Graduated from Temple University in 1948. Began career in journalism working as reporter for Philadelphia Tribune (1950-51) and city editor for The Carolinian (1951-53). Joined staff of Afro-American in 1953, serving as Baltimore city editor (1953-57), managing editor (1959-64), and Washington, D.C., editor and manager (1964-67). Was also visiting professor at Morgan State College (1961-63) and a writer and editor for The Negro Almanac (1967). Worked as director of public affairs for community action and deputy director in the Office of Economic Opportunity (1967-69) and as director of the office of information and publications with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1970-72). From 1972 to 1986 served as director of communications for the National Urban League, and from 1986 to 1994 as national public relations director for the NAACP. Returned to Afro-American (1994-96) as editor-in-chief. Died in Baltimore.