The African-American “1917 Manhattan” Silent Protest Against Lynching

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On July 28, 1917 over 10,000 African-Americans formed together in a silent protest rally against lynching. The group gathered and marched down Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue in hopes of ending lynching, race riots and racism toward the community. The parade was the first of its kind. The Silent Parade was organized by W. E. B. Du Bois and the NAACP. They hoped to influence President Woodrow Wilson to carry through on his election promises to African-American voters to implement anti-lynching legislation, and promote black causes. However, Wilson did not do so, and denied his promises, and federal discrimination increased during Wilson’s presidency.

It was the way of the south for Whites to terrorize the Black communities in order to maintain their White supremacy. Whites believed that the only way to control Black Americans was through fear. So, they burned them at stake, dismembered them, shot and killed them, castrated and did whatever they felt was necessary to keep Blacks in line.


The NAACP had kept record since 1912 of all the lynchings that had taken place against the Black communities. The numbers were large but believed to have been even larger but undocumented because some took place in rural areas and newspapers did not document it. In 1919, termed the “Red Summer of Hate,” over one hundred blacks were lynched as the Ku Klux Klan held more than two hundred meetings throughout the world to recruit other whites to take on their views of lynching, shootings, and other acts of violence against black people.




  • KennethMoore July 28, 2017 - 12:24 am Reply

    May we please have a silent march against the young BLACK people iof Chicago that mercilessly kill our own black mothers and children?

  • B. July 28, 2017 - 1:12 am Reply

    I TRUELY believe we going to have to start marching once again,they are trying to take
    use backward not a better furture for our Children.

  • MarieHamilton July 28, 2017 - 3:49 am Reply

    Why is Google even playing up the division between races? We’ve had our first black president, but no woman, nor Hispanic, nor Native American. It seems that as an ethnic minority, the blacks of America have gained much, much more than any other minority. Yet they still persist in divisive and entitled behavior. It’s time to give the past a rest and more forward on the problems of the present. There are more blacks now killing blacks than any other race. There are some drug cartel killings in the West which involve Hispanics killing Hispanics but there are still not as many murders within that ethnic minority.
    The Navajo people helped save this entire country during WWII with the code speakers, but it’s people are among the poorest tribe and ethnic minority in America. No offense to the blacks but there many issues that other ethnic groups in this country face and work on, while being patriots and supporting the country. Genocide, literally genocide, not just slavery, was committed against countless Natives, but nothing about their past plight makes mainstream headlines. They are a proud people and want only to move forward and have little tolerance for being used as political pawns.
    It’s time to stop all the attention and re-hashing of problems of the 18th and early 19th century and focus on the problems NOW in order to build a better future and America for us all.

    • Daisy September 7, 2018 - 9:46 am Reply

      Marie – I see what you are saying but we cannot and will not sweep slavery of blacks and the mistreatment, lynchings, etc. that occurred to black people and move on. It’s like telling the world to forget about the Holocaust. There’s no way they are going to do that. What black people went through throughout history can never be forgotten and should not be forgotten. Blacks have progressed some but not enough. They still don’t have the monetary wealth as white people, and white people made sure that they never would. I feel for the Indians, I am part Cherokee, but we can’t just through away what happened to black slaves and their people.

    • Lyndia Black September 7, 2018 - 6:38 pm Reply

      Maria, ask a white person to forget about 911, ask a white person to forget about, Pear Harbor. Ask a Jew, to forget about the Holocaust. You need to pick up several history books and read them. (Which I know you won’t)

  • All People Are Watching July 28, 2017 - 4:19 am Reply

    Monitor the issues that C O N T I N U E to happen. Not simply what occurred in the past but then stopped.

    • makeda queen August 29, 2018 - 4:04 am Reply

      Jewish people do not let you FORGET! Why not the Blacks?

      • Miss Gigi September 7, 2018 - 10:25 am Reply

        PREACH!!!! AMEN!!!!! And have you noticed, we’re the first and ONLY group of people they ask if they forgive an injustice committed against them? I have not heard one reporter ask that family in Idaho if they forgive their daughter’s killer or even the Mother of that girl that was killed in Charlottsville. they want us to keep turning the other cheek and they keep on slapping. How are we supposed to forget?

  • All People Are Watching July 28, 2017 - 4:22 am Reply

    Monitor the issues that C O N T I N U E to happen. Not simply what occurred in the past but then stopped.

  • QUEEN AKEBA September 7, 2018 - 9:42 am Reply


    • Lyndia Black September 7, 2018 - 6:41 pm Reply

      Yes, DuBois, had some issues, but he was a great leader for that time. To call him a coon, is going a little to far.

  • Hilda Saulsbury September 7, 2018 - 11:45 am Reply

    It appears that the above silent march did result in ending a public form of lynching. Hate still exists. Walking on a city pavement, being from a backgroud other that Europe, brings about unexpected reactions. It is nice to know that there are people who realize the danger of being who you are, other than from Europe.

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