William Pickens

William Pickens was a field secretary for the NAACP at the time of the Massie trial. After the Massie verdict Prosecutor Kelley received many critical and threatening letters. Among the congratulatory letters was one from William Pickens who praised Kelley's courage and wished "'more power to your kind.'" The letterhead of Pickens' letter featured the names of the NAACP board of directors which included the name of Clarence Darrow. David E. Stannard, Honor Killing: Race, Rape, and Clarence Darrow's Spectacular Last Case 388 (2006). At the time of this photo Pickens was the chief of the Negro Organizational Section, War Savings staff, Department of the Treasury. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division Washington, LC-USE6-D-005480