Monroe Trotter’s Protest to Woodrow Wilson


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In the first paragraph, Trotter reminds the president that, a year earlier, he and other black leaders had presented a petition, signed by persons from thirty-eight states, “protesting against segregation of employees of the National government whose ancestry could be traced in whole or in part to Africa.” The focus of the group’s concerns was the U.S. Treasury and Post Office, where “all the forms of segregation … are still practiced.” Trotter reminds...