Fortune became not only an influential writer but also an outspoken civil rights leader. But he did not like what he was hearing from other leaders.
His friend, Booker T. Washington, was calling for Black people to overlook racism and demonstrate Black excellence to “earn respect!” Fortune had other ideas.
He was now editor of the most influential Black newspaper in the nation. He believed we should fight back against racism and demand our rights. He wrote powerfully about civil rights, retaliation, and Black political independence!
But he was far from finished.
The NAAL was one of the earliest Civil Rights organizations, helping inspire the Pan-African Movement, the Niagara Movement, and the NAACP.
Fortune’s work shows that we can refocus our trauma and use our gifts to uplift our people. How will you use your gifts for liberation?