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.