I am cleaning my office and found some old notes from college. I have written recently about racism and thought these significant dates might be enlightening.
1875 – Civil Rights Act – dealt with public accommodation.
1877 – The end of Reconstruction.
1883 – Supreme Court decision overturning the Civil Rights Act of 1875.
1895 – Booker T. Washington’s Atlanta Exposition speech. Ida B. Wells-Barnett published “Red Record.’ Frederick O. Douglas died.
1896 – Plessey vs. Ferguson, Homer Plessey’s challenge to sit in first class railroad cars is denied by the Supreme Court, noting “Distinction is not discrimination.”
1903 – W.E.B. DuBois articulates the challenge to Booker T. Washington by publishing “The Soul of Black Folk.”
1905 – Niagara Movement is organized by 29 members of the ‘talented tenth.’
1909 – National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is organized as an interracial organization with W.E.B. DuBois as the only Black person on the Board.
1915 – Booker T. Washington dies.
1917 – Great Northern Exodus begins, prelude to the Harlem Rennaisance.
1925 – A. Phillip Randolph agrees to organize the Brotherhood of the Sleeping Car Porters.
I read through my notes and was inspired again to remember the great challenge of freedom, the great challenge given to us by our Founding Fathers.