Today in Black History: October 23, 1947 “The NAACP Petition the UN About Racial Injustice”

On today in 1947, The NAACP sent a petition to the United Nations. The petition was written by W.E.B. DuBois with the help of others, and was titled “An Appeal to the World.” The document stated, “We appeal to the world to witness that this attitude of America is far more dangerous to mankind than the Atom bomb; and far, far more clamorous for attention than disarmament or treaty.” The document also stated, “Most people of the world are more or less colored in skin; their presence at the meetings of the United Nations as participants and as visitors, renders them always liable to insult and to discrimination; because they may be mistaken for Americans of Negro descent.” Also, the petition included facts about lynching, segregation, education, health care, voting rights, and inequalities.

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