1914 November 12

Civil Rights Leader Monroe Trotter Confronts President Wilson in White House Over Segregation

 

President Woodrow Wilson imposed racial segregation in federal agencies on April 11, 1913, shortly after becoming president. Civil rights groups met with him at the White House later in 1913 to protest this action. In another meeting on this day, Boston activist Monroe Trotter got into an angry confrontation with Wilson and was asked to leave the White House.

In general, Wilson had a very bad record on race relations. Despite the urging of many prominent people, for example, he declined to take any action in response to the race riot in East St. Louis, Missouri that began on July 2, 1917.

Learn more about Trotter: Stephen Fox, The Guardian of Boston: William Monroe Trotter (1970)

Learn more at the William Monroe Trotter Institute at University of Massachusetts Boston: http://www.umb.edu/trotter

Learn more about President Wilson and civil rights and civil liberties: Samuel Walker, Presidents and Civil Liberties From Wilson to Obama (2012)

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