This Day in Black History: June 29, 1970

NAACP chairman Stephen Gill Spottswood criticizes Nixon administration for "anti-Negro" policies.

Posted: 06/29/2012 07:00 AM EDT

In his keynote address at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 61st annual convention in Bryan, Ohio, NAACP chairman Stephen Gill Spottswood criticized the Nixon administration for what he called a lack of support for the civil rights movement. "For the first time since Woodrow Wilson, we have a national administration that can rightly be characterized as anti-Negro," Spottswood said, according to The Bryan Times newspaper. Spottswood charged that white liberals and white churches had disserted the civil rights movement and instead given priority to the Vietnam War.

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