John A. Williams

John Alfred Williams (1925–2015) served as a medical corpsman in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, before working as the European correspondent for Ebony and Jet magazines, and covering Africa for Newsweek. Williams published over twenty books in his lifetime, fiction and non-fiction, including The Angry Ones (1960), The Man Who Cried I Am (1967) and The Most Native of Sons: A Biography of Richard Wright (1970). In 2008, the correspondence between Williams and his longtime friend Chester Himes was published as Dear Chester, Dear John.