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Friday, July 28, 2017

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: THE SILENT PARADE


Feeling Rebloggy 
The march, called the “Negro Silent Protest Parade,” was one of the country’s first mass protests against racial violence. It was organized by the NAACP to protest the horrors of lynchings, Jim Crow segregation and a horrifying race riot in East St. Louis. More than 100 black people had been killed by white mobs and more than 6,000 black people were burned out of their homes..


Children led the parade, followed by women dressed in white and men in suits, bringing up the rear. They walked to the sound of muffled drums and carried flags of the United States, England, Haiti and Liberia. 
Before the march, the [Ida B Wells & the] NAACP calculated that more than 2,800 black people had been lynched in the United States over the course of three decades.... 
In the East St. Louis riots, which began July 2, 1917, and lasted two days, white mobs indiscriminately stabbed black people, beating them and hanging them. Police did little to stem the violence. The riot erupted after weeks of tension over the use of black workers to replace striking white workers at a plant, according to an account by the National Humanities Center, a nonprofit group that has collected primary source material on the violence...

~Washington Post
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Google memorializes the Silent Parade when 10,000 black people protested lynchings