Andrew McDowd "Mac" Secrest, born in Monroe, NC in 1923, became a well-known journalist in the American South in the 1950s and 1960s, when he was editor of the Cheraw (SC) Chronicle, crusading for an end to segregation. But he always said, like Thomas Jefferson, his happiest moments were those spent with his large extended family. He taught journalism at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and helped establish the Department of Communication at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 1960 and inducted in the NC Journalism Hall of Fame in 2007. He lived in Chapel Hill from 1970 until his death in 2010.
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