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The 1905 Niagara Movement
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Historical Society in celebrating local African American Heritage by
welcoming a series of speakers who will talk about various elements of
African American history in Washington County.
On February 3, Bob O'Connor, James Taylor, and George Rutherford will
assemble to discuss the 1905 Niagara Movement. This early Civil Rights group
was founded in 1905 by noted activists William Monroe Trotter and W. E. B.
DuBois, and consisted of almost 30 prominent African American citizens.
Meeting annually for 3 years, the group strove to fight the widely-held
misbelief that African Americans were not suited for liberal arts and white
collar education and careers. The group's disbanding in 1908 led to the
formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People,
which exists to this day as a major civil rights organization.