Richmond County is in dire need of a little history lesson. In a recent letter to the editor Barbara Jackson stated a couple of mistruths. The first mistruth stated by Jackson was that three “white men” started the NAACP.
In 1905, a group of 32 prominent, outspoken blacks met to discuss the challenges facing “people of color” (a term that was used to describe those who were not white people) in the U.S. and possible strategies and solutions.
Among the issues they were concerned about was the disfranchisement of Blacks in the South from 1890 to 1908, when ten of eleven southern legislatures ratified new constitutions’ creating barriers to voter registration and complex election rules. Men who had been voting for 30 years were told they did not “qualify” to register.
Because hotels in the U.S. were segregated, the men convened under the leadership of Harvard scholar W. E. B. Du Bois at a hotel situated on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. A year later, “three whites joined the group”: journalist William E. Walling; social workers Mary White Ovington and Henry Moskowitz (Jewish).
Jackson also stated the mistruth that “white men” had started the United Negro College Fund.
Frederick Douglas Patterson a “black man” founded the United Negro College Fund in 1943. In 1944 Dr. Patterson launched UNCF’s first national campaign to raise funds for 27 small private, historically black colleges and universities. In 1964 Dr. Patterson was appointed CEO and President of the United Negro College Fund.
It is truly not my intention to say that whites and others did not help the movements to the freedoms that blacks enjoy today, but let’s try and print the truth when quoting the history of the United States.
Barbara Leviner Jackson, as usual, angry and misinformed.