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During World War II Poston became a member of Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Black Cabinet" when he headed the Negro News Desk of the Office of War Information in Washington. After the war, he returned to the Post, and in its heyday under editor James Wechsler and publisher Dorothy Schiff, he provided an insider's viewpoint on segregation and the civil rights movement. His incisive, usually upbeat, sometimes acerbic reports on everyday racism were eye-openers for the paper's mostly white readership; often, he leavened bitter medicine with humor.
Poston's tragicomic tales of his Kentucky youth were published posthumously as The Dark Side of Hopkinsville, but he never wrote about his groundbreaking career. Kathleen A. Hauke is the first to tell the full story of his remarkable life, using exclusive interviews with his family, friends, and colleagues to create an inspiring portrait of an African American journalist.