Samuel F. Yette, one of the most influential figures to ever emerge from Roane County, has died.
Yette, 81, was the first black Washington, D.C., reporter for Newsweek magazine. He also worked for LIFE magazine, partnering with famed photographer Gordon Parks for a five-part series on segregation in 1956.
He also wrote about the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington.
Yette not only chronicled the divisions of racism, he experienced them firsthand.