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(December 19, 1914-July 12, 1993) Attended Harvard University for a year, dropping out to work as sailor. Helped organize National Maritime Union; beaten during 1936 strike. Reported for Federated Press on activities of union. A conscientious objector during World War II, was jailed for more than two years for antiwar activism; assisted War Resisters League, and wrote labor column for The Conscientious Objector. Organized strike against racial segregation while in prison. Joined Congress of Racial Equality in 1946; arrested with Bayard Rustin in Durham, North Carolina, during Journey of Reconciliation. Also participated in CORE Freedom Rides in 1961; beaten by mob in Birmingham, Alabama. Published Freedom Ride (1962) about his experiences. Served as editor of CORElator for 17 years; organized many civil rights protests. Demonstrated against nuclear tests and Vietnam War; arrested in 1971 May Day demonstration in Washington. Died in Minneapolis.