1905 The Niagara Movement.

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1905 The Niagara Movement

I chose to write about the Niagara movement of 1905 due to the importance of this conference that was brought down by personal tensions between, W.E.B Du Bois and Booker T. Washington. Assembled at the annual meeting in Buffalo New York on July 11th, 12th, and 13th. The invitation by W.E.B Du Bois and a group of socially conscious black intellectuals and leaders gathered together in Niagara Falls, many who were motivated there opposed the views of booker T. Washington. The movement represented the growing voices of black America. Washington influences within major groups, newspapers, churches, colleges, to help undermine the purpose of this conference. Also tensions were building between Du Bois and Trotter.

At the conference they discussed issues that they thought needed to be changed or revised. When it came to the issues of suffrage they believed that they should protest for there political rights.

They believed that there civil liberties were continually being violated and that blacks deserved the same civil liberties as everyone else. Economic opportunity caused complaints about the denial of equal opportunities inside the economic rights. Along with economic rights educational disputes were common in that education should be free to all races and should not be a deciding factor in college acceptance. Court systems began to continuously ask for upright judges in courts, juries should be selected without discrimination and that punishment should be treated to black offenders the same way that it is treated to white defenders. Inside Public opinion people hoped to feel that all men are created equal and that everyone qualified for healthcare. Other issues that were discussed at the conference was that Employers and Labor Unions were only seeming to ask employers to hire ignorant African Americans only for emergencies and labor unions oppose...