How Did The Niagara Movement Lead to the Formation of the NAACP

Written by Jae Jones

Very little people know about the during 1905. The movement was started by , and was what led eventually to the forming of the (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). Du Bois gathered with supporters on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls to create an organization that would bring social and political change for African-American people. The group had to meet on the Canadian side at Niagara Falls because no hotel on the American side would allow them to register.


“Du Bois wanted to end segregation and discrimination in unions, public locations, courts, and to give people equal opportunities in schools. The Niagara Movement did not have the impact on legislative that W.E.B Du Bois. However, the Niagara movement attracted the attention of like-minded whites, it had little impact on legislative or popular opinion. But after race riots in Springfield, Illinois, in 1909, a group of white progressives, including the social worker Jane Addams, the philosopher John Dewey, the novelist William Dean Howells, and the editor Oswald Garrison Villard, a grandson of abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, formed the NAACP. They adopted many of the goals of the Niagara movement and hired its leader, Du Bois, as director of publicity and research, and editor of their journal.”

Today the NAACP is the nation’s oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization. It has more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States. The group are advocates for civil rights within the African-American communities, they are continuously campaigning for equal opportunity for Black Americans. Read more.

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Jae Jones

Jae Jones has been writing professionally for over 10 years. She holds a degree in Business Administration, and enjoys writing on various topics.

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