The Niagara Movement

The Niagara Movement

In the very late 1800?s Booker T. Washington believed that African-Americans should best gain equality to whites through establishing a solid labor force, and accommodating to the existing beliefs of the government?s idea of segregation and inequality. In an effort to overcome Washington?s ideals, twenty-nine men including John Hope, Monroe Trotterand, and W.E.B. Dubois, whom believed that Washington?s doctrine was “born out of present reality”, formed a group which they called the Niagara Movement. This movement was first organized on July 11 through 14, 1905 on the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls. The name originated from its first meeting as well as the thought of creating a ?mighty current? of protest among the people. The movement served as a tool to help the African-American population at the time, to move forward and away from the suppression that they were being coated with by the racist white community.
The ideals created by Washington would have not proven effective in the latter years opposed to those enforced by the leaders of the Niagara Movement. This submissive effort created by Washington to move on, would have left the African-American population subjected to more abuse, because it had been proven before by others

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