|Carl Rowan began and ended as a newspaper journalist--and for 50+ years he worked steadily in print, on radio, and on television as one of America's most insightful commentators on race in America. Rowan went to college on the G.I. Bill, getting a B.A. in mathematics from Oberlin and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He got a job on a newspaper just as the Civil rights movement was about to enter full swing, and authored several books as well as a biography of Jackie Robinson. As a result of his writing, President Kennedy appointed him to a series of posts in his administration. He returned to journalism in the '60s, and hosted his own radio program while writing a syndicated newspaper column. He was a frequent guest on Sunday morning talk shows, and a regular on "Inside Washington." He wrote a biography of Thurgood Marshall and commentaries on current events and policy such as THE COMING RACE WAR IN AMERICA. In his autobiography, BREAKING BARRIERS, he wrote about growing up in a mining town in Tennessee and of being one of the first African American commissioned officers in the Navy. Rowan received numerous honors in his long career.