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(June 6, 1928-October 20, 1984) Born Julian Hudson Mayfield in Greer, South Carolina. Moved to Washington, D.C., with family in 1933. Enlisted in U.S. Army, serving until 1947; later educated at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. In 1949-50 played lead in Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson musical Lost in the Stars (based on Alan Paton novel Cry, the Beloved Country); his own play Fire was produced off-Broadway, and he directed 1952 Alice in Wonder, by Ossie Davis. Published three novels: The Hit (1951), The Long Night (1958), and The Grand Parade (1961). In 1961 accepted position as writer in office of Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah; edited African Review, political and economic journal, and helped to establish first international branch of Organization of Afro-American Unity. Published "Ghanaian Sketches" in 1963 collection Young Americans Abroad. Moved from Ghana to Spain in 1965, and returned to U.S. in 1967; taught at Cornell and New York University. Co-wrote screenplay for, and starred in, Jules Dassin film Up Tight (1968). From 1971 to 1974 served as aide to Guyanese Prime Minister Forbes Burnham. Later taught at University of Maryland, College Park (1975-78) and Howard University (1978-84). Died in Washington, D.C.