Susan Bragg

Academic Historian

Susan Bragg is an Assistant Professor at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia.  Before that she was a Visiting Professor of History at the State University of New York at Binghamton.  Her University of Washington dissertation examined gendered discourses in early 20th century NAACP activism. She has also written extensively on 19th Century African Americans in California. She has published articles in California History among other journals. Her article “’Anxious Foot Soldiers’: Sacramento’s Black Women and Education in Nineteenth-Century California” appeared in Quintard Taylor and Shirley Moore, eds., African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000 (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2003).

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (1940– )

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Attorneys, 1962 Image Ownership: Public Domain The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF or, alternately, the ‘Inc. Fund’) provides legal services in the fight against racial discrimination. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) program for … Read MoreNAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (1940– )

Martinsville Seven (1949-1951)

Image Ownership: Public Domain The Martinsville Seven were a group of young black men executed in 1951 after being convicted of raping a white woman.  Their trials and the electrocutions became a cause célèbre similar to the Scottsboro Case of the 1930s. On the evening … Read MoreMartinsville Seven (1949-1951)

Lucile Bluford (1911-2003)

Lucile Bluford was a pioneering black journalist who sought to integrate the University of Missouri in 1939, shortly after the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) test case centering on Lloyd Gaines, Gaines v. Canada, stalled when Gaines mysteriously disappeared.  Although Bluford … Read MoreLucile Bluford (1911-2003)

Robert W. Bagnall Jr.(1883-1943)

Minister and civil rights activist Robert W. Bagnall served as Director of Branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) during the organization’s first significant period of growth in the early 20th century.  A graduate of Bishop Payne Divinity School in … Read MoreRobert W. Bagnall Jr.(1883-1943)

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Long Struggle for Civil Rights in the United States

NAACP Lynching Banner Image Courtesy of the National Archives This year the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People celebrates its 100th anniversary.  In the article below historian Susan Bragg provides a brief introduction to the history of the National Association for the Advancement … Read MoreThe National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Long Struggle for Civil Rights in the United States

Augustus Granville Dill (1881-1956)

Augustus Granville Dill, sociologist, business manager, musician, and colleague of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) co-founder W.E.B. Du Bois, is best known for his work overseeing the publication of Du Bois’s journal, The Crisis, between 1913 and 1928.  He also helped … Read MoreAugustus Granville Dill (1881-1956)