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Pain and Protest, Joy and Poetry

Even before that glorious day, however, African Americans had expressed their growing resolve to overturn racism and reject violence. Some observers point to the Silent Protest Parade, which took place on July 28, 1917, as opening the way toward a new era in African American life. Organized by Du Bois, writer and activist James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938), successful Harlem real estate agent John Nail, and the Reverend Frederick Asbury Cullen, the event was staged as a protest against recent lynchings (when African Americans accused of various crimes or misdeeds—but rarely legally charged—would be captured by gangs of whites and lynched—hanged without a trial, usually from a tree. The individuals might be killed before or during the lynching; see Chapter 1) in Waco, Texas, and in Memphis, Tennessee, and against a race riot that had taken place...

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