Mar. 17, 1894 Lillington Harnett County North Carolina, USA
May 4, 1981 Chapel Hill Orange County North Carolina, USA
Playwright, Screenwriter. He was an outspoken champion of civil rights and one of the first white Americans to write plays about black life. In 1926 he wrote "In Abraham's Bosom" and in 1927 he won the Pulitzer Prize for the drama. He also wrote seven Broadway plays and other books including "The Lost Colony" (1937) and "The Common Glory" (1948). He also collaborated with black author Richard Wright on the stage version of his "Native Son".