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Sociology

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Horace R. Cayton, Jr. was born in Seattle, WA. on April 12, 1903 to Horace Roscoe Cayton Sr. (newspaper owner, editor, publisher), and Susie Revels Cayton (journalist, teacher). He carved out his own distinguished career as a writer and activist.  After a childhood in Seattle’s leading black household, Horace Cayton, Jr. held numerous jobs; coped with society’s disapproval of his taking a white wife; earned his B.A. as one of three black students at the University of Washington; studied sociology in the distinguished graduate program at the University of Chicago; taught at both Tuskegee Institute and Fisk University; and studied race and labor in the United States as journalist, academic, government official, and labor and civil-rights organizer. He died in January 1970 in Paris, France.  Source:  Horace R. Cayton, Jr., Long Old Road: An Autobiography (1963; Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1970).

 

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