1916 – Born on the 28th of July in Greenvilee, South Carolina.
1937 – He attended Greenville High School and Clemson Agricultural College where he graduated with a degree in general science.
1940 – Married Barbara Edith Laier, a physical education teacher at Furman University.
1941 – He was accepted for a Neiman Fellowship at Harvard University.
1947 – He was recruited to be the editorial writer at the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock, Arkansas.
1951 – Governor Sid McMath of Arkansas invited him to address the Southern Governors’ Conference when it met at Hot Springs, Arkansas.
1954 – Wrote the first of his eleven books, The Negro and the Schools was a report of a Ford Foundation study of segregated education in the South.
1955 – He took a leave of absence for a year to work on Adlai Stevenson’s presidential campaign.
1957 – The Federal courts ordered integration of the schools in the Little Rock School District, starting the Little Rock Crisis.
1958 – The Arkansas Gazette won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, For demonstrating the highest qualities of civic leadership, journalistic responsibility and moral courage in the face of great public tension during the school integration crisis.
1959 – He left the Arkansas Gazette and moved to Santa Barbara, California, where he joined the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions.
1969-1974 – He served as President of the Center.
1960-1963 – He also served as the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
1967-1968 – Traveled to North Vietnam with Bill Baggs (editor of The Miami News) on a private peace mission.
1968 – He speaks about his experiences in the documentary film In the Year of the Pig.
1995-1996 – Received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Lifetime Achievement Award.
1998 – Died in Santa Barbara, California on the 20th of January.