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  •  Actually - most of the early founders (5+ / 0-)

    of the NAACP were white.

    I'm planning to write a longer piece about that.

    "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition." Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon

    by Denise Oliver Velez on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 01:52:40 PM PDT

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    •  That is fascinating (2+ / 0-)

      White man's burden sort of thinking?

      I'm on a mission! http://www.dailykos.com/comments/1233352/51142428#c520 Testing the new site rules.

      by blue aardvark on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 02:15:44 PM PDT

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      •  No - several were socialists (6+ / 0-)

        others were reformers, labor organzers

        The Birth of the NAACP

        The Race Riot of 1908 in Abraham Lincoln's hometown of Springfield, Illinois had highlighted the urgent need for an effective civil rights organization in the U.S. This event is often cited as the catalyst for the formation of the NAACP. Mary White Ovington, journalist William English Walling and Henry Moskowitz met in New York City in January 1909 and the NAACP was born. Solicitations for support went out to more than 60 prominent Americans, and a meeting date was set for February 12, 1909. This was intended to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln, who emancipated enslaved African Americans. While the meeting did not take place until three months later, this date is often cited as the founding date of the organization.

        The NAACP was founded on February 12, 1909 by a diverse group composed of W. E. B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells, Archibald Grimké, Henry Moskowitz, Mary White Ovington, Oswald Garrison Villard, William English Walling (the last son of a former slave-holding family), Florence Kelley, a social reformer and friend of Du Bois, and Charles Edward Russell, a renowned muckraker and close friend of Walling who helped plan the NAACP and served as acting chairman of the National Negro Committee (1909), a forerunner to the NAACP.

        On May 30, 1909, the Niagara Movement conference took place at New York City's Henry Street Settlement House, from which an organization of more than 40 individuals emerged, calling itself the National Negro Committee. Du Bois played a key role in organizing the event and presided over the proceedings. Also in attendance was African-American journalist and anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells-Barnett. At its second conference on May 30, 1910, members chose as the organization's name the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and elected its first officers, who were:[16]

            National President, Moorfield Storey, Boston
            Chairman of the Executive Committee, William English Walling
            Treasurer, John E. Milholland (a Lincoln Republican and Presbyterian from New York City and Lewis, NY)
            Disbursing Treasurer, Oswald Garrison Villard
            Executive Secretary, Frances Blascoer
            Director of Publicity and Research, Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois.

        Look at "the founding and early years" section on this Library of Congress website

        http://myloc.gov/...

        "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition." Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon

        by Denise Oliver Velez on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 02:55:59 PM PDT

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