NAACP Centennial: What the World Looked Like in 1909
Sunday, July 12, 2009
In The New York Times from June 1, 1909, the headline on page 2 read :'Whites and Blacks Confer as Equals,' referencing 'a conference to consider the uplifting of the negro.'
It wasn't even called the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People yet; the first appearance of the phrase in the Times didn't come until the following year, in a one-paragraph article noting that 'Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois, the well-known negro man of letters,' had been appointed the new organization's director of research and publicity.