Friday, November 23, 2012

Republicans and Black History: The Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill 11/20/1921

Here's an interesting, forgotten fact about the Republican Party and Black History.

On this day in history, November 20, 1921, Republican President Warren Harding called for an emergency session of congress to deal with the rampant lynchings of blacks, in the south, and to vote on the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill.
During that same time the NAACP, which worked closely with Republican Congressman Leonidas Dyer and President Harding, ran  full-page ads in the New York Times and seven other major daily newspapers. 

The Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill passed the House, in 1922, but was defeated in the Senate by Senate Democrats.

Source: FaceBook group : Black History, the GOP, and a conversation

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