Are We Brave Men or Cowards?

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:
Are We Brave Men or Cowards?

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This chapter presents an essay written for the short-lived Monthly Review, edited by Charles Alexander. The essay was Fortune's strong condemnation of the race for failing to support the Afro-American League in particular and, more generally, to organize for their “civil, political, or commercial welfare.” He called on the race to stop looking for the assistance and guidance of whites and to organize from within. Moreover, he called on the race to set aside their egos and create an organization of both leaders and followers for the betterment of the community. He believed that organization was possible, but he wonders if the leadership and the masses were up for the challenge.

Keywords: whites; African American community; Afro-American League; political activity; race; organization

Chapter.  2341 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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