In his book, "Dreams from My Father," President Obama describes this native Kansan as a poet who was friends with his grandfather.
Originally from Arkansas City, this Kansan moved to Wichita to attend Friends University before transferring to Kansas State Agricultural College, now Kansas State University in Manhattan, to study journalism.
As a child, this Kansan was nearly hanged by white children — until an adult stepped in to make the children remove a noose from his neck.
When he applied for a summer internship with the Wichita Beacon, he was denied the reporting slot.
He authored books such as "Black Man's Verse," "Ebony Under Granite," which chronicled the lives of black people buried in a cemetery; and "I Am the American Negro."
Of his experiences in Kansas, this man would write in "Livin' the Blues" that Arkansas City was "a yawn town, fifty miles south of Wichita, five miles north of Oklahoma, and east and west of nowhere worth remembering."
Question: Who was he?
Answer to Monday’s question: The tumbleweed.
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