In protest to murders, lynchings, and other violence directed towards African Americans, the parade was precipitated by the East St. Louis riots in May and July 1917, when between 40 and 250 black people were killed by white mobs.
East St. Louis riots
The ferocious brutality of the attacks by murderous white mobs, and the
refusal by the authorities to protect innocent lives contributed to the
reactionary measures of some African Americans in St. Louis and the
nation. Marcus Garvey
declared in a speech that the riot was “one of the bloodiest outrages
against mankind” and a “wholesale massacre of our people”, insisting
that “This is no time for fine words, but a time to lift one’s voice
against the savagery of a people who claim to be the dispensers of
They hoped to influence Democratic President Woodrow Wilson
to carry through on his election promises to African-American voters to
implement anti-lynching legislation, and promote Black causes. Wilson
did not do so, and repudiated his promises, and federal discrimination
increased during Wilson’s presidency.
The parade was the very first protest of its kind in New York, and the
second instance of African Americans publicly demonstrating for civil
rights so bravely.
why don’t we talk about thousands of people all over the country protesting in russia today? they’re protesting against medvedev and putin’s corruption (for the second time this year, because they still didn’t get the answers). they’re tired. they just want to see their country free from these toxic people. they want to live in a happy country.
they want answers
they are not their government
(russian constitution - she died for your sins)
hey, tumblr, why don’t we talk about this for a while?