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Phase One - Gradualism and Negotiation - 1943

April: W.E.B. DuBois, head of the Sociology Department of Atlanta University, convenes the 26th Atlanta University Conference. He attempts to bring together Negro Land Grant Colleges around the country to develop an ongoing common research program to gather empirical data on the social and economic condition and status of African Americans. His plan is dashed when he is retired by Atlanta University supposedly because of his age, 76, but possibly because of his militant integrationist politics and his teaching of socialist ideology.


Grace Towns Hamilton is appointed the Executive Director of the Atlanta Urban League.