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Early life and education
The daughter of writer Harry H. Halsell, she studied at Texas Tech from 1939 to 1942, at Columbia University from 1943 to 1944, at Texas Christian University from 1945 to 1951, and at the Sorbonne (Paris) from 1957 to 1958.
Halsell worked for several newspapers between 1942 and 1965, including the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and the Washington bureau of the Houston Post. She covered both the Korean and Vietnam Wars as a reporter, and was a White House speech writer for President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1965 to 1968. Halsell wrote thirteen books, the best-known of which was Soul Sister (1969).
In 2000, she died in Washington, D.C., of complications from treatment for multiple myeloma. She bequeathed her papers to the Mary Couts Burnett Library at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Some of her work is housed at Boston University's Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.
- Grace Halsell (1969). Soul Sister: The Journal of a White Woman Who Turned Herself Black and Went to Live and Work in Harlem and Mississippi.
- Grace Halsell (1971). Evers: A Biography of Charles Evers.
- Grace Halsell (1972). Black-White Sex.
- Grace Halsell (1973). Bessie Yellowhair.
- Grace Halsell (1976). Los Viejos.
- Grace Halsell (1978). The Illegals.
- Grace Halsell (1981). Journey to Jerusalem.
- Grace Halsell (1986). Prophecy and Politics: The Secret Alliance Between Israel and the U.S. Christian Right. Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books.
- Grace Halsell (1996). In Their Shoes: A White Woman's Journey Living as a Black, Navajo, and Mexican Illegal.
- Grace Halsell (1999). Forcing God's Hand: Why Millions Pray for a Quick Rapture—and Destruction of Planet Earth.