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John Brown Still Lives!America's Long Reckoning with Violence, Equality, and Change$
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R. Blakeslee Gilpin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835012

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869277_gilpin

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Discrimination and Destiny John Brown and the NAACP

Discrimination and Destiny John Brown and the NAACP

(p.79) 5 Discrimination and Destiny John Brown and the NAACP
John Brown Still Lives!

R. Blakeslee Gilpin

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses W. E. B. Du Bois's closing speech at the Harpers Ferry Niagara convention in August 1906. Du Bois's remarks articulated the goals of his fledgling organization and its intense connections to John Brown. We “believe in John Brown,” Du Bois told the Niagara attendees, “in that incarnate spirit of justice, that hatred of a lie, that willingness to sacrifice money, reputation, and life itself on the altar of right. And here on the scene of John Brown's martyrdom, we reconsecrate ourselves, our honor, our property to the final emancipation of the race which John Brown died to make free.” As he would do on numerous occasions, Du Bois used John Brown to engage the past as a means to make sense of the present and put forth plans for the future.

Keywords:   W. E. B. Du Bois, Harpers Ferry Niagara convention, John Brown, emancipation

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