Never let it be said—-

The NAACP was formed to combat atrocities in the South.


Founding group
The NAACP was formed partly in response to the continuing horrific practice of lynching and the 1908 race riot in Springfield, the capital of Illinois and resting place of President Abraham Lincoln. Appalled at the violence that was committed against blacks, a group of white liberals that included Mary White Ovington and Oswald Garrison Villard, both the descendants of abolitionists, William English Walling and Dr. Henry Moscowitz issued a call for a meeting to discuss racial justice. Some 60 people, seven of whom were African American (including W. E. B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Mary Church Terrell), signed the call, which was released on the centennial of Lincoln’s birth.


8 thoughts on “Never let it be said—-

  1. Because their website mentioned one massacre in Illinois? Maybe you should read and entire book about it, or Du Bois’ bio. Have you ever heard of the Niagara Movement? Or the concept of change over time?

    • I fail to see your point. One or a hundred it is their reason for formation. Yes I am aware of the Niagara Movement, but where are they today? History does not change it is always the same– or at least should be.

      • Human nature doesn’t ever change. If you could change it, you’d be left with something that could no longer rightfully be called Human.

      • So, no, you don’t. The concept of historiography seems to escape you as well. Might be too late. Old dog, new tricks, etc.

        No serious historians dispute that lynching was a national problem. PS in the 19th and early 20th century “race riot” was code for whites attacking black neighborhoods. See: the year 1919.

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