The NAACP in Washington, DC: From Jim Crow to Home Rule

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The Washington branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in March 1912. President Woodrow Wilson’s institution of Jim Crow segregation in the federal government in the spring of 1913 galvanized the African American community of D.C., and the NAACP launched a formidable crusade against Wilson’s racist policies. The D.C. branch quickly became the leading organization advocating on behalf of the interests of the city’s Black community. As the major civil rights organization of the nation’s capital, it also developed a dual role as a watchdog body to prevent the passage of legislation in Congress that negatively affected African Americans. Archivist and historian Derek Gray chronicles and analyzes the work of the D.C. NAACP through the civil rights era to the achievement of home rule.
ISBN: 9781467140522
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: District of Columbia
Series: American Heritage
Images: 113
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Derek Gray is an archivist at the People’s Archive at the D.C. Public Library. He has a passion for the preservation, documentation and presentation of the African American experience in Washington. He has contributed several articles for Washington History, the scholarly journal of the D.C. History Center, and is one of four coauthors of Angels of Deliverance: The Underground Railroad in Queens, Long Island, and Beyond (Queens Historical Society, 1999).
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