This Day in Black History: July 11, 1905

W.E.B. Du Bois and William Monroe Trotter organize the Niagara Movement.

Posted: 07/11/2014 12:00 AM EDT
W.E.B Du Bois

In an effort to end racial and social injustices, W.E.B. Du Bois and William Monroe Trotter organized a radical effort.

With 29 other activists, Du Bois and Trotter met in Canada at Niagara Falls and created the Niagara Movement.

Among other requests, this movement asked for "abolition of all caste distinctions based simply on race and color,” as well as freedom of speech. Coming less than 50 years after the abolition of slavery, these requests were seen as radical in their time.

The movement reached 170 members by the end of the year, but disbanded in 1910 due to financial and internal issues.

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