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(August 11, 1925-September 23, 2000) Born Carl Thomas Rowan in Ravenscroft, Tennessee. Studied at Tennessee State (1942-43) and Washburn University (1943-44). Was one of the first African-Americans to serve as commissioned officer in U.S. Navy. Graduated from Oberlin (1947) and earned master's degree in journalism from University of Minnesota (1948). Began career in journalism as copywriter for Minneapolis Tribune (1948-50); later became staff writer (1950-61), reporting extensively on civil rights movement. Joined Kennedy administration in 1961, working as deputy assistant secretary of state for public affairs. Served as U.S. ambassador to Finland (1963-64), then as director of the United States Information Agency (1964-65). Returned to journalism in 1965, working as syndicated columnist for King Features and Field Syndicate (later News America); also appeared as panelist on public affairs television show Inside Washington (1967-96). Died in Washington, D.C. His books include South of Freedom (1953), The Pitiful and the Proud (1956), Go South to Sorrow (1957), Wait Till Next Year: The Life Story of Jackie Robinson (1960), Just Between Us Blacks (1974), Breaking Barriers: A Memoir (1991), and Dream Makers, Dream Breakers: The World of Justice Thurgood Marshall (1993).

Also see "Carl Rowan: Worked to Make a Difference," an obituary for Rowan published by his alma mater, Oberlin College, on September 23, 2000. The College also holds his papers.