*(Washington, DC) – The NAACP mourns the loss of actress and activist Jane White, the daughter of the late civil rights leader and NAACP Secretary Walter White. Jane White passed away July 24th, 2011 at the age of 88.
“Jane White was an esteemed member of our NAACP family who was an active supporter and participant in many of our programs and major events for decades,” remarked NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock.
Born and raised in New York, White attended Smith College, where she was elected the first African-American President of Smith’s House of Representatives. After college, she went on to become a renowned actress on stage, television and radio for more than 60 years. In 1945, she landed a leading role on Broadway in a production of “Strange Fruit”, a play about interracial love in the South. White later garnered both an OBIE Award and an LA Critics Circle Award for her performances on stage.
Despite her success, White continued to share her time and talents with the NAACP. Over the last four decades, she was a featured guest at several NAACP events, including the 95th Annual NAACP Convention and the unveiling of her father’s statute at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum.
“Jane White was not only an icon for aspiring African-American performers, but also a dedicated advocate for civil and human rights issues,” noted NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “Her contributions to society will be missed.”
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.