Four photographs of one of the first major mass demonstrations by African Americans will be on display July 21-30. - From YaleNews
The Silent Protest Parade on Fifth Avenue on July 28, 1917, one of the first major mass demonstrations by African Americans, will be the focus of a special display of four historic photographs at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, on view from Friday, July 21, through Sunday, July 30.
The marchers indicted the U.S.
The photographs are drawn from the personal papers and archives of Johnson and his wife, Grace Nail Johnson, at the Beinecke Library.
The library will also have reproductions of the original, signed petition from the protest, available for visitors to read and take as a commemorative keepsake.
The mass migration of African Americans from the rural south to northern urban centers — what would become known as the Great Migration — was well underway, and the ensuing tensions were exacerbated by competition for housing and jobs.