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CIO Union Speaks Against DC Police Brutality: 1941

Craig Vincent representing the Washington Industrial Union Council. CIO speaks to a rally against D.C. police brutality at 10th & U Streets NW on Sunday, September 14, 1941.

 

Seated (left) Frank Donner, chairman of the case committee of the “Citizens Committee Against Police Brutality,” (right) Rev. Frank W. Alstock, president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and pastor Union Wesley AME Church.

 

Among the signs shown are "Old Jim Crow Has Got to Go," "Stop Police Brutality - National Unity" and "Police are Servants, Not Oppressors."

 

The rally was called after four African Americans were shot by police in three separate incidents.

 

The Citizens Committee Against Police Brutality in Washington sponsored the rally. Among the many organizations sponsoring the committee were the D.C. National Negro Congress, D. C. NAACP, Interdenominational Ministers Alliance, Washington Industrial Council of the CIO, Washington Committee for Democratic Action and the Elks.

 

For more images related to the 1941 protests against police brutality in Washington, D.C., see flic.kr/s/aHsjEKGiLx

 

For more images related to the 1936-38 protests against police brutality in Washington, D.C., see flic.kr/s/aHsjELBJ62

 

For an article on the campaign against police brutality in Washington, D.C. from 1936-41, see washingtonspark.wordpress.com/2013/04/20/shootings-by-dc-...

 

Photographer unknown. Image courtesy of the D.C. Public Library Historical Image Collection.

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Taken on September 14, 1941