William Monroe Trotter – Journalist, Civil Rights Activist – Biography.com

In the summer of 1903, Washington visited the AME Zion Church in Boston to give a speech. During the meeting Trotter questioned Washington, which led to a shouting match and ensuing ruckus dubbed “The Boston Riot” by the press. Trotter was arrested, fined and sentenced to a month’s imprisonment, during which time he read W.E.B. Du Bois’ book The Souls of Black Folk.Upon release, Trotter co-established the National Negro Suffrage League and in 1905 worked with Du Bois to help organize The Niagara Movement, a group of African-American leaders who gathered in Canada and set forth a manifesto calling for full equal rights for black citizens, with the words, “We claim for ourselves every single right that belongs to a freeborn American, political, civil and social.”

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