Everett Frederic Morrow (1909-1994) was the grandson of an exslave and the first African-American to serve on the White House staff. He fought for justice and racial equality for African-Americans at a time when segregation and discrimination were accepted by many Americans as normal. Morrow's presence in the Commerce Department in 1953 paved the way for Ronald Brown who followed 40 years later to become Secretary of Commerce. Morrow graduated from Bowdoin College in 1930, and was the Business Manager for Opportunity Magazine from 1934 to 1936. From 1937 to 1950, Morrow was a Field Secretary for the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), and from 1942 to 1946, he served as a Major in the Field Artillery of the U. S. Army. He earned his LL.B from Rutgers University in 1948, and from 1951 to 1953, served on the Public Relations staff of CBS. He became a consultant on the Eisenhower campaign train in 1952, and from 1953 to 1955 was an Advisor on business affairs for the Department of Commerce. From 1955 to 1961, Morrow was an Administrative Officer for the Special Projects Group at the White House. From 1961 to 1964, he was Vice President of Public Affairs of the African-American Institute. In 1963, he authored the book, Black Man in the White House, and began serving as the Assistant Vice President of Bank of America in 1964.
From the description of Morrow, E. Frederic (Everett Frederic), 1909-1994 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10581952
From the description of Reminiscences of E. Frederic Morrow : oral history, 1968. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 86147599