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 #Black 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.