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Letter from W.E.B. DuBois to Ferdinand C. Morton, August 29, 1919
found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), an African
American civil rights organization, in 1909. He was also the editor of The Crisis, the NAACP’s
monthly magazine. On August 29 1919, the Secretary of the NAACP, John R. Shillady, traveled to Austin, TX in connection with the organization’s anti-lynching campaign. He was attacked and brutally beaten by a mob that included a judge and a constable and forced to leave the state. In this letter DuBois is writing to Ferdinand Q. Morton, an African American political leader in Harlem, to ask for his help in getting justice for Mr. Shillady.