Shawn Leigh Alexander - An Army of Lions: The Civil Rights Struggle Before the NAACP
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Historian Shawn Leigh Alexander looks at the forgotten men and women who in the late 19th century took up the cause of civil rights for African Americans. Creating groups such as the Afro-American League, the Afro-American Council, the Niagara Movement, the Constitution League, and the Committee of Twelve, these pioneers developed the methodology of boycotts, propaganda, lobbying, and moral suasion that would bear fruit only long after they had passed on.
Alexander is an assistant professor of African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas.