Powerful Black Solidarity

 

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 February 10, 1865. America’s first Black daily called out those “who deliver themselves up to the white interest for the sake of favor or money.” From the jump, the New Orleans Tribune organized for unrestricted Black male suffrage: “We do not want anything for the few; we claim a broad right for all.” 151 years ago, the Tribune and a large majority of those organizing with the newly formed Equal Rights League rejected “memorialists” who favored limited suffrage for the old caste of free men of color. The men of the Tribune were an elite group and easily could have pursued self-preservation through accommodation. Instead, they sought to build true racial democracy on the ashes of white supremacy. Instilled with revolutionary fervor, they embraced their Blackness and fostered unity with the emancipated. Powerful racial solidarity resulted in the first Black electorate two years later. ‪#TDIH #‎BlackHistory‬ ‪#‎BlackHistoryMatters‬ ‪#‎BlackHistory365‬ ‪#‎NOLA‬ ‪#‎CivilRights‬

 

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