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Founding the NAACP

December 9, 2010 in 1920s-30s, Social history

William English Walling, Chairman of NAACP Executive Committee (1910–1911) in 1906 William English Walling was extremely active in the creation and beginning of several groups whose target was to bring women’s rights to the forefront of the nation’s stage. He was a firm believer in equality for all races and genders and showed his willingness to participate in activism designed to spread these ideas to everyone in the United States. Political and social equality for African Americans and women was his main concern. He was born in 1877 in Louisville and died in 1936, so his actions and plans were very progressive for the time period. Also his parents had owned slaves at one time, so for a white man from Kentucky, whose parents formerly owned slaves, really speaks to his character.

William English Walling was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P.) and was very active in the organization for many years. Also In 1903 he founded the National Women’s Trade Union League, which was designed to educate women and keep them informed on trade unions and the positives that they offer for women trying to be independent and destroy the gender barrier that existed in the United States at the turn of the twentieth century. Women had been working in horrible conditions in hospitals and other jobs and the idea of the club was to help teach women how to fight the exploitation that companies were trying to do to women across the country and in Kentucky.

William English Walling, known as English, was a revolutionary in his era. He helped positively influence the lives of thousands of women inside Kentucky and around the United States. At the end of his life he began traveling a lot and while in Amsterdam, Holland, The Netherlands, he died in 1968.

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