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(December 12, 1897-September 28, 1966) Born Lillian Eugenia Smith in Jasper, Florida; graduated from high school there. Family moved to Clayton, Georgia after business failure. Studied music at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore (1917-20); worked as head of music department at missionary school in China (1922-25). Returned to Georgia to run Laurel Falls Camp, begun by father in 1920; continued as camp director until 1948. Spent winter semester of 1927-28 at Columbia University Teachers College; taught in Harlem school. With Paula Snelling, edited journals Pseudopodia (1936), North Georgia Review (1937-41), and South Today (1942-45). Published controversial bestselling novel Strange Fruit in 1944; wrote regular column for Chicago Defender (1948-49). Raised funds for CORE and SNCC; lectured and published articles about civil rights in magazines including Ebony, Redbook, and Life. Her other books include Killers of the Dream (1949), The Journey (1954), Now Is the Time (1955), One Hour (novel, 1959), and Our Faces, Our Words (1964); a collection of letters, How Am I To Be Heard?, was published in 1993.