John Beecher

Alabama-born poet, journalist, and social activist John Beecher (1904-1980) became a powerful voice for the poor and disenfranchised, especially mill workers, during his life. Fired and blacklisted from his teaching position at San Francisco State University in the 1950s for refusing to sign a loyalty oath, Beecher reported on the civil rights movement in Birmingham for the San Francisco Chronicle and later returned to Birmingham to teach at Miles College.

Courtesy of the Jack Rabin Collection on Alabama Civil Rights and Southern Activists, Historical Collections and Labor Archives, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University

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