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Trezzvant William Anderson (November 22, 1906 – March 25, 1963) was an American journalist, publicist, and war correspondent.[1]

Life and career[edit | edit source]

Anderson was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and attended the city's Johnson C. Smith College, but left before his graduation. While at college he served as features editor of the college's newspaper, The University Student.[1]

In the 1930s Anderson worked as a publicist for the singer Billy Eckstine, who was then at the start of his career.[2]

Anderson wrote the book Come Out Fighting: The Epic Tale of the 761st Tank Battalion, 1942-1945 (1945) about the United States Army's 761st Tank Battalion exploits during the war. The battalion was made up of primarily African-American soldiers. The battalion received a Presidential Unit Citation and several individuals in the battalion won awards for their heroism.[3]

In 1947 Anderson joined the Pittsburgh Courier, and after initially working in Pittsburgh, became "The Courier Roving Reporter" in 1957, covering the nascent civil rights movement in the Southern states. Anderson died in Macon, Georgia, in 1963.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Trezzvant Anderson". Reporting Civil Rights. Library of America. http://reportingcivilrights.loa.org/authors/bio.jsp?authorId=1. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  2. Cary Ginell (August 1, 2013). Mr. B: The Music and Life of Billy Eckstine. Hal Leonard. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-4803-6679-4. https://books.google.com/books?id=DTm0AQAAQBAJ. 
  3. Book Corner. 90. November 1983. pp. 45. ISSN 0011-1422. https://books.google.com/books?id=6SoEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA461. 

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