CIVIL RIGHTS Jesse O. Thomas, Author of
“Negro Participation in the Texas Centennial Exposition”
From the library of Claude A. Barnett. American journalist, publisher, entrepreneur, philanthropist, civic activist, Pan-Africanist and Founder of the
ASSOCIATED NEGRO PRESS
Here is a brief description of the book.
An account of the Hall of Negro Life at the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition, by its general manager, Jesse O. Thomas, of the National Urban League. Regarded as the first recognition of African American culture at any world’s fair, the Hall featured exhibits in education, aesthetics, health, business, and more. There were pamphlets written by W. E. B. Du Bois and Charles E. Hall. The art exhibit featured prominent black artists. Several sculptures and paintings are present in an included plate, notably Samuel Contee’s My Guitar. In a chapter examining the influence of the Hall on race relations, Thomas recollects that, “many of the white people came in expecting to see on display some agricultural products, some canned goods and “Black Mammy” pictures…all of them went away with a higher appreciation of the Negroes’ contribution to American culture and with a more tolerant attitude toward the Negroes’ effort.” Approximately 400,000 people visited the Hall and, “at least 275,000 of them were white people.”
Tuskegee Institute Graduate, Claude A. Barnett, Father of the Black Press!
Pictured, (R) Etta Moten Barnett (L) in Ghana headed to President Nkrumahs celebration.
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