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Letter from W.E.B. DuBois to Ferdinand C. Morton, August 29, 1919

Letter from W.E.B. DuBois to Ferdinand C. Morton
New York State Archives, NYSA_13682-53A_260_167_1
Document Description
W.E.B. DuBois was an African American rights activist, historian, and author. He helped to co-
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.

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