February 12, 2009
In honor of Abraham Lincoln's two hundredth birthday,here's a postcard I'm mailing to my parents today. I learned from this morning's Courier-Journal that while we're celebrating Abe, we can also celebrate the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People one hundred years ago today -- and a Louisville native was a major figure in its formation.
Peter Smith reports that William English Walling "covered labor wars at a Colorado silver mine and the foiled revolution of 1905 in Russia" as well as an anti-black riot in Springfield, Illinois. Later,Walling, other white radicals, and noted black figures including Ida B. Wells and W. E. B. DuBois issued a statement on February 12, 1909, calling for the formation of the NAACP.
Bake a cake, throw some confetti, and tell all of your friends. We have a lot to celebrate.