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Meet Amazing Americans Activists & Reformers W.E.B. Du Bois
 
NAACP Convention, 1929
W.E.B. Du Bois and other members of the NAACP in 1929

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W.E.B. Du Bois and the NAACP
In the United States, people who are put on trial are guaranteed to have their cases heard by a "jury of their peers." Your peers are people who are similar to you. So excluding certain groups of people because of their race will not result in a jury of one's peers.

Du Bois played an important role in the NAACP. In 1945 he represented the association in San Francisco, California, during the establishment of the United Nations. Over the years, the NAACP has persuaded presidents to end racial discrimination in hiring and military service. The organization grew from 60 people to a membership of more than 500,000 today. Its headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland. One of the most famous lawyers for the NAACP was Thurgood Marshall, who later became a Supreme Court justice himself.

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