Afro-American League Convention Speech

Shawn Leigh Alexander

in T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032320
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039084 | DOI:
Afro-American League Convention Speech

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This chapter presents the address Fortune gave before the inaugural convention of the Afro-American League in Chicago on January 25, 1890. The league was the nation's first national civil rights organization and a group whose creation Fortune had called for since 1884. In the speech he outlined the organization and its agenda. In many ways this organization and the program that Fortune was outlining would be echoed in the formation of other organizations in the years to follow, including the Afro-American Council, the Constitution League, the Committee of Twelve, the Niagara Movement, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Keywords: Afro-American League; civil rights organization; speech; African Americans

Chapter.  8579 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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