erik lundegaard

'Negroes Oppose Film': A 1921 NAACP Protest of 'Birth of a Nation'

I love the stuff you find in The New York Times archive. It's our history written in stilted language.

I was recently looking into D.W. Griffith's “Birth of a Nation,” for example, and came across this from May 7, 1921:

New York Times article on a 1921 protest of "Birth of a Nation"

It's not just a world before the civil rights movement; it's a world before acronyms. (Five of the protesters were arrested, including three women and two ex-servicemen.)

The full article is available here. If you subscribe already. Which you totally should.

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Posted at 04:58 PM on Wed. May 15, 2013 in category Culture  

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