Lillian Smith was one of the first white southern authors to speak out against white supremacy and segregation.  A child of the South, she was seen as a traitor to the South for her stance on racial and gender equity.  A friend of Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr., she used her fame after writing a bestselling novel (Strange Fruit) to denounce the toxic social conditions that repressed the lives and imaginations of both blacks and whites.  With her lifelong partner Paula Snelling, she educated privileged white girls at her summer camp in north Georgia and tried to open their minds to a world of compassion and creativity.


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