The Powerful Beginnings
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) had started its 1st civil rights protest on its own variant as the “silent march” which was seen on Saturday 28th of July in the year 1917. The protest was not a usual loud one; rather it was like some whisper type where the protestors marched from 55th to the 24th streets of Madison Squares of midtown Manhattan, New York City. The Silent Protest Parade of 1917 was a strong protestation against the mob violence and lynching of the African American people for its racial discriminations and inequalities. 8,000 to 10,000 African-American individuals (males and females), were involved for the good cause. The people marched in the 5th streets only with the sounds of the drums, a silent mourning for the good souls, ruffling and shuffling of the feet’s, accompanying along with a burden of the cause that is, the wave of anti-African American killings that happened before and turned the society upside down for the civilians. The silent parade of 1917 was also called as the “Negro Silent Protest Parade,” and ultimately, this march became the first ever mass marching for the racial discriminations of the African-Americans.
Reason For the protesting
The backbone for the protest to occur was from the massive killing of the Blacks due to the racial discrimination that persisted during the 20th centuries against the African-Americans. This silent demonstration was the protesting for the mounting violence that was hindering all over the nation, but specifically to the sections that the public were seeking refuge ate the geographies of the North.
In 1917, during late May summers, and in the earliest of July, there were these gruesome attacks on the African Americans in the East St. Louis. This became a huge revolution of the African Americans that had risen from the tensions that had been set forth to the notions into the response of African Americans during the Great Migrations taken place.
There was this involvement of the NAACP and among them, James Weldon Johnson, who heard about what had taken place for the African Americans, then decided to have a demonstration that fully involves the Whites in it for the need of blaming and then he concluded by the decisions of the silent protests of 1917, which became a big inspiration of mass strength for a good cause and later gave way for other social civil movements.
Notable Moments From the Group
- All men, women, and children were fully involved in the silent parade, not leaving a single soul uninvolved in it.
- The African-Americans were all beautifully dressed in white to denote peace and also the loudness that displayed the need for justice for what had happened to their communities a few days before.
- “The first blood shed for American Independence was shed by a Negro”-One of the many strong banners/cutouts and other pieces of verbal qualities that displayed powerful messages to the Whites, which people were holding on to during the marches.
- The silent parade of 1917 was the 1st mass protest against the racial injustice.
- Calling attention to Jim Crowism, disfranchisement, segregation, and riots of Waco, Memphis, and East St. Louis was also accomplished with the simple drum sounds and banner messages that people were using in the marches without sounds.
- The NAACP’s involvement was actually formed just a decade before who were of great help and significance for the silent protest.
- There was no presence of any cries or hustle and bustle.
- The counts of political banners were more; to name-‘Your Hands Are Full of Blood’, and ‘We Are Maligned as Lazy and Murdered When We Work’, etc.