Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

August 23, 1924

On August 23, 1924, the Norfolk Journal and Guide reported that over 6,000 people gathered in a high school auditorium in Chicago to hear Dr. Robert R. Moton, president of the National Negro Business League. Moton, who became the second president of the Tuskegee Institute after the death of Booker T. Washington, praised Washington in his speech: “The inspiration he gave to business development and the results that have been accomplished in the years following cannot be adequately measured.” Moton urged his audience to pool their resources: “We are recreant to our obligation and false to our race if we do not, every man and woman of us, use every reasonable effort to pool wisely and safely, and or course conservatively, a part of our resources in some kind of an organization to do the things which other groups are doing so successfully; sinking personal differences and animosities, and combining for the good of the race.”

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