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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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Failure of the Afro-American People to Organize

Failure of the Afro-American People to Organize

(p.180) 18 Failure of the Afro-American People to Organize
T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator

Shawn Leigh Alexander

University Press of Florida

This chapter presents the editorial, “Failure of the Afro-American People to Organize,” where Fortune reflected on the attempts of the race to organize civil rights organizations. He examined his own efforts to create the Afro-American League and the efforts of those individuals who had tried to sustain the Afro-American Council and the Niagara Movement. Although he acknowledged the importance of their efforts, he concluded that the masses have taken no interest in sustaining the organization and therefore the groups were failures. They need to get the masses aroused, he argued, and stop being windjamming organizations.

Keywords:   editorial, African Americans, race, civil rights organizations, Afro-American League, Afro-American Council, Niagara Movement

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