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Robert R. Church Jr. and the African American Political Struggle$
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Darius J. Young

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056272

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056272.001.0001

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The Roving Dictator of the Lincoln Belt

The Roving Dictator of the Lincoln Belt

(p.30) The Roving Dictator of the Lincoln Belt
Robert R. Church Jr. and the African American Political Struggle

Darius J. Young

University Press of Florida

This chapter begins by discussing the 1917 lynching of Ell Persons and the subsequent reaction of the black community to this extra-legal violence. In the aftermath of the lynching Church and his friend James Weldon Johnson used the platform of the Lincoln League to rally more support from black voters in the city, and helped to establish an NAACP branch in Memphis. As a result, Church would be named the director of the NAACP’s southern branches, thus cementing his legacy as a local leader.

Keywords:   Lynching, Ell Persons, Extra-Legal Violence, Memphis, NAACP, James Weldon Johnson, Lincoln League

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