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Sociologist E. Franklin Frazier: 1947

Sociologist E. Franklin Frazier shown in 1947 image at an unidentified location.

 

Frazier was director of the Howard University department of sociology. He was both a left-leaning scholar and activist. He published an antiwar book “God and War” early in his career and was a fierce critic of the conservatism that arose in the black middle class.

 

In the 1950s he was attacked as a subversive and harassed by the FBI until his death in 1962.

 

He was an active participant in the campaign against police brutality in Washington, D.C. from 1936-41 and unsuccessfully helped to lobby for a congressional investigation and for an African American to fill a vacant judgeship in the city.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Photo by Scurlock Studio, courtesy of the Archives Center at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. This image has been cropped from a larger photograph.

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Taken sometime in 1947