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Jack Johnson; W.E.B. DuBois & NAACP 
1910, Issue 9

In the first decade of the 1900s, lynchings were still commonplace. Jim Crowism was a way of life, and Negroes were disenfranchised throughout the South. There was a deep philosophical split among blacks over the best way to combat oppression in America. Booker T. Washington was chief spokesman for those who advocated economic rather than social or political advancement. His opponents, led by W.E.B. DuBois and Monroe Trotter believed that Washington’s policy was submission. DuBois and his group preferred to work for political and social equality. In 1905 they formed an all-black organization – the Niagara Movement. In 1909 another group, the NAACP, was formed, largely as a result of the bloody Atlanta Riot of 1906. There were other causes for hope. Black farmers and businessmen were making great strides. A black middle class was developing, and brilliant, dedicated leaders were beginning to act. And the great black heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson, in a widely heralded bout, beat Jim Jeffries, the “great white hope.”

Topics in this Issue
  • Jack Johnson and the” Great White Hope”
  • Harlem: A quiet haven
  • The Niagara Movement
  • W.E.B. DuBois
  • Black Business League
  • Matthew Hensen
  • Black farmers conference
  • Sharecropping
  • Black suffrage league

Black Chronicle

Issue 9

Jack Johnson and the” Great White Hope”