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Joseph H. Knox

Gender: Male

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Biographical/Historical note: Joe Knox was born in Newton, North Carolina, in 1916. He spent two years at UNC-Chapel Hill and four years in the Army Air Corps during World War II before graduating from the University of Michigan, where he won creative writing awards. He moved to Greensboro in 1955 to work as a staff writer for the Greensboro Daily News. Although he left in 1957 to work in New York, he returned to Greensboro and the Daily News in 1960, and remained there until his retirement in 1980. Knox started out on the police beat, but then covered major civil rights stories and became a feature writer on many topics, including education news in the state, music and play reviews, and a Sunday column, "Sunday Sketchbook." In 1976, he received the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce for journalistic excellence. Knox, an amateur aviator and musician, died on December 31, 2006, at the age of ninety.

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Item thumbnail image Racial Barriers Fall
Date: May 29, 1971
By: Joseph H. Knox
From: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

In this May 29, 1971 Greensboro Daily News article, Joe Knox chronicles the efforts to desegregate Greensboro businesses starting with sit-ins at the Greensboro Woolw...