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William D. Snider

Gender: Male

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Biographical/Historical note:

William D. Snider was born in Salisbury, North Carolina, in 1920. He entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1937 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1941. After graduation, he returned to Salisbury and worked briefly for the Salisbury Evening Post. Snider soon enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in China, India, and Burma during his three years of World War II service. After returning to the states, Snider returned to work at the Salisbury Evening Post. In 1948, he was hired as North Carolina Governor R. Gregg Cherry’s private secretary. The following year, Snider married the former Flo Lides. He also served in the administration of W. Kerr Scott, the subsequent governor, as his special assistant.

In 1951, Snider and his family moved to a Greensboro, where he began work as the associate editor of the Greensboro Daily News. Snider frequently wrote editorials for the newspaper that promoted racial equality and was also an active participant in the interracial Conversation Club. In 1969, Snider served as president of the National Conference of Editorial Workers. By 1972, he had been appointed editor of both the Greensboro Daily News and the afternoon paper, the Greensboro Record. He was named vice president of the Greensboro News Company, publisher of both dailies. Snider retired from the newspaper business in 1982, but continued to contribute to the editorial section of the Greensboro News & Record. He has written two books since his retirement. His first book, Helms and Hunt: the North Carolina Senate Race, 1984, was published in 1985 and Light on the Hill: A History of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was published in 1992.

Items created by this individual or group:
Item thumbnail image Oral history interview with William Snider by Eugene Pfaff
Date: April 19, 1979
By: William D. Snider
From: GreensboroVOICES Collection

In this transcript of an April 19, 1979, oral history interview conducted by Eugene Pfaff with William Snider, Snider discusses the history of the Greensboro News and Record...

Item thumbnail image Oral history interview with William Snider by William Link
Date: October 1, 1987
By: William D. Snider
From: GreensboroVOICES Collection

In this transcript of an October 1, 1987, oral history interview conducted by William Link with William Snider, Snider primarily discusses the history, traditions, and staff of the Greensboro newsp...

Item thumbnail image Oral History Interview with William Snider by William Chafe
Date: December 19, 1974
By: William D. Snider
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This transcript of a December 19, 1974, oral history interview conducted by William Chafe with William Snider primarily documents Snider’s recollection of school desegregation in Greensboro, North ...

Item thumbnail image Oral History Interview with William Snider by William Chafe
Date: November 9, 1976
By: William D. Snider
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This transcript of a November 9, 1976, oral history interview conducted by William Chafe with William Snider primarily documents Snider’s recollection of the 1960 and 1963 sit-ins and school desegr...

Item thumbnail image Woolworth's reconsidered after 30 years
Date: January 28, 1990
By: William D. Snider
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

This article by William D. Snider, former editor of the Greensboro News & Record, appeared January 28, 1990, in observance of the thirtieth anniversary of the 196...

Item thumbnail image Sit-ins and how they changed us
Date: May 15, 1983
By: William D. Snider
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

In this May 15, 1983 article, William D. Snider, former editor of the Greensboro Daily News and the Greensboro Record, reflects on his ...

Item thumbnail image Jesse Jackson stirs black awareness
Date: April 15, 1984
By: William D. Snider
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

This Aptil 15, 1984 Greensboro News & Record editorial by William D. Snider reflects on North Carolina A&T State University (A&T) alumnus Jesse Jackson, d...

Item thumbnail image History of Greensboro v. Civil Rights
Date: February 10, 1980
By: William D. Snider
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

In this February 10, 1980 Greensboro Daily News column, editor William Snider reviews historian William Chafe's book Civilities and Civil Rights

Item thumbnail image New book on the historic sit-ins
Date: June 7, 1970
By: William D. Snider
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

In this June 7, 1970 Greensboro Daily News article, William Snider reviews Miles Wolff Jr.'s book, Lunch At The 5 & 10, about the Februa...