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T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American AgitatorA Collection of Writings, 1880-1928$
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Shawn Leigh Alexander

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032320

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032320.001.0001

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Are We Brave Men or Cowards?

Are We Brave Men or Cowards?

(p.153) 14 Are We Brave Men or Cowards?
T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator

Shawn Leigh Alexander

University Press of Florida

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

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