Born: January 15, 1881
Died: April 6, 1954
Occupation: orator, educator, journalist, essayist
Biography: William Pickens was an African-American orator, educator, journalist, and essayist. He wrote two autobiographies, first The Heir of Slaves, in 1911 and second Bursting Bonds in 1923, in which he mentioned race- motivated attacks on African Americans. both in the urban riots of 1919 and by lynching in 1921.