Lot 20: 1944 Black publisher warns of "danger" to Blacks seeking civil rights
15th December 2016
Author: C.B.Powell; Title: Influential Black New York publisher warns, during World War II, of the "danger" to Blacks demanding their civil rights; Place Published: New York; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: 1944; Description: Typed Letter Signed (with secretarial signature) as Editor, New York Amsterdam News. (Harlem) New York, Sept. 8, 1944. 1pg. Predicting the dawn of the Civil Rights era, Dr. C.B.Powell was the most nationally-influential Black newspaper publisher of his day. His weekly paper ran columns by W.E.B.DuBois, Harlem Congressman Adam Clayton Powell (no relation), and the NAACP's Roy Wilkins, and was the first to recognize and publish Malcolm X.Responding to a US Navy Ensign's letter, agreeing that "to some people, relief, dole, and gratuity is more acceptable than work, industry and citizenship." Looking backward - "materially, I believe Negroes have made more progress than in previous years...accomplished... because of the trend of the time" - and to the future - "... the Negro, as a first-class citizen enjoying his rights which the constitution guarantees him, is in more danger today than in any time in the history to date."
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