Ethridge, Willie Snow


Willie Snow Ethridge was born in Georgia, and by 1920s had become a successful writer and had married Mark Ethridge, also a writer and newspaper editor. Ethridge studied journalism at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. Shortly after graduating, Ethridge began to work as a reporter and continued to do freelance writing after getting married and starting her family in 1921. Ethridge spent most of the 1920s and early 1930s in Georgia, with brief sojourns in New York City and Washington, D.C. By the end of the 1920s, she and her husband had settled in Louisville, Kentucky. They later moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. While living in Louisville, Ethridge began to write books, ranging from informal essays to fiction to travel guides. During the 1920s and 1930s, Ethridge was actively involved in the anti-lynching movement. Working primarily within the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching, Ethridge both wrote and spoke about lynching and its implications for African Americans and poor whites.

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