Annual Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (Fourth) (1912)

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I was doing research into the early relationship between the Baha'i Faith and the NAACP and found this text:

"In 1912, Du Bois met Abdu’l Baha, the son of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, when Abdu’l Baha came to the United States. During his visit, he made a special appeal to African Americans, speaking before the A.M.E. Church’s Bethel Literary Society and at Howard University. But it was Abdu’l Baha’s speech at the fourth N.A.A.C.P. conference that left a lasting impression on Du Bois. He remembered this meeting for the rest of his life, writing to a Bahá’í friend in 1942, “I met personally Abdul Bahai [sic] when he was in America,” Du Bois recounted. “I had great respect for him and for his movement.”

"In 1912, Du Bois published Abdu’l Baha’s entire speech from the N.A.A.C.P. conference in the June edition of The Crisis and featured another article and disproportional large picture of him the following month in his “Men of the Month” section. When Abdu’l Baha passed away in 1921, Du Bois wrote in The Crisis, “[t]wo men sit high before the world today—Eugene Debs and Abdul Baha.”Source:

I was inquiring if your archival records show the presence of the Baha'i leader 'Abdu'l-Baha and a record of the speech given at the 4th NAACP Conference, which is not noted on this web page of your organization's. His presence was, however, noted by W.E.B. Du Bois in his publication The Crisis.  Thank you.

Cathy Moran Hajo

Thanks for the question. We have not yet started research on the NAACP conference, but based on your findings, I will link our Abdu'l-Baha record as a participant at the meeting. Thus far we have no archival records linking them.

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