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In he accepted a position as the treasurer of the Colored Republican Club , started by Charles W. A year later he was elected as president of the club. He organized political rallies. In the early 20th century, it had supported Booker T. Washington 's position for racial advancement by industrious work within the racial community, against the arguments of W.
Du Bois for development of a " talented tenth " and political activism to challenge white supremacy. Johnson's writing for the Age displayed the political gift that soon made him famous.
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In this role, he built and revived local chapters. He organized a silent protest parade of more than 10, African Americans down New York City's Fifth Avenue on July 28, to protest the still-frequent lynchings of blacks in the South. Social tensions erupted after veterans returned from the First World War, and tried to find work. In , Johnson coined the term " Red Summer " and organized peaceful protests against the white racial violence against blacks that broke out that year in numerous industrial cities of the North and Midwest. There was fierce competition for housing and jobs.
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Johnson traveled to Haiti to investigate conditions on the island, which had been occupied by U. Marines since , ostensibly because of political unrest. As a result of this trip, Johnson published a series of articles in The Nation in in which he described the American occupation as brutal. He offered suggestions for the economic and social development of Haiti.
These articles were later collected and reprinted as a book under the title Self-Determining Haiti. In Johnson was chosen as the first black executive secretary of the NAACP, effectively the operating officer position. He lobbied for the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill of , which was passed easily by the House, but repeatedly defeated by the white Southern bloc in the Senate. The Southern bloc was powerful because their state legislatures had effectively disenfranchised most African-American voters around the turn of the century, but the states had retained the full congressional apportionment related to their total populations.
Southern Democratic congressmen, running unopposed, established seniority in Congress and controlled important committees. Throughout the s, Johnson supported and promoted the Harlem Renaissance , trying to help young black authors to get published.
Shortly before his death in , Johnson supported efforts by Ignatz Waghalter , a Polish-Jewish composer who had escaped the Nazis of Germany, to establish a classical orchestra of African-American musicians. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. James Weldon Johnson.
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