The National Association of the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) silent Protest Parade took place in New York City, New York on Saturday, July 28, 1917. The Silent March went south down on 5th Ave continued all the way to Madison Square. The NAACP was able organize close to ten thousand African American participants. The Silent March was in response of the race riots and lynching happening in states like Illinois, Tennessee, Texas and other southern states.
The second president of the NAACP James
Weldon Johnson, grouped together with other civil rights leaders who planned
the protest. The group decided that they did not want a massive protest, which
may lead to riots; however, they believed a silent march would send a message
for racial reform. They believed that it was important to have as many blacks
there as possible, they believed by having a nearly all black march, it would
send a stronger message.
of the most notable events that the NAACP were protesting at the Silent March was
the East St. Louis Race Riot also known as the East St. Louis Massacre. This atrocious
incident caused nearly six thousand African American people were displaced from
their homes and several hundred people died.
Many of the marchers carried posters and
banners, which gave visual representation for the reasoning behind the Silent
March. The people who planned the Silent March were thinking ahead of their time.
It is claimed that both participants and viewers had not seen anything like
that not only in the city but also throughout the nation. The Silent March was truly
silent, there was not music, chanting, or shouting. It was the first of many
marches towards the betterment of African American people; it brought the civil
rights movement into the spotlight.