His parents placed a high priority on the pursuit of knowledge so it is no surprise that these early experiences laid the foundation for a distinguished career as an author, columnist and publisher. He was one of two black students. He encountered segregation and racism while at the university. Despite this bigotry, Yette was a reporter for the Indiana Daily Student newspaper, writing articles on medicine and politics.
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After a brief interlude at Morristown College in , he finished his studies at Tennessee State University from to After joining the U. Yette completed his B. Also in , Yette was teamed with photographer Gordon Parks as a special correspondent for a four part series on civil rights that appeared in LIFE Magazine. In he became a reporter for the Afro-American Newspapers in Baltimore and Washington, before serving as associate editor of Ebony from to That year, Yette was named director of information for Tuskegee University, where he remained until He was then appointed special assistant for civil rights to the director of the U.
Office of Economic Opportunity, a position he held until He founded Cottage Books, Inc. Yette was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 7, Yette passed away on January 21, , leaving behind two grown sons.
Sargent Shriver Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Samuel Yette recalls his promotion to executive secretary from public information officer in the Peace Corps Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Samuel Yette explains why he left the position of special assistant to the director of U. Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Samuel Yette talks about the issue of journalists working in the intelligence community Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Samuel Yette talks about the publications produced by his company, Cottage Books Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Samuel Yette lists the journalists he admires Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Samuel Yette describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Samuel Yette shares advice for aspiring black journalists Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Samuel Yette reflects upon his legacy, pt.
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