Sep. 5, 2019

Part One The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project Timothy Thomas Fortune "His Life His Works"

Part One
The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project
Timothy Thomas Fortune
William Seraile

It is Timothy Thomas Fortune's birthday but in my series looking back while we look ahead. I think is about time that I spend a day honoring this man who was a newspaper editor and the dynamic​ voice of our black community. If one is to say someone was ahead of his time in terms of understanding power in organizing than Timothy Thomas Fortune was that person. His name isn't one that comes up in any history book but his influence in the progress of our people is substantial. It was Timothy Thomas Fortune who was instrumental in establishing the first national civil rights organization, The National Afro-American League. It was Timothy Thomas Fortune who spoke of demanding something substantive​ from the major political parties before giving them support. If Timothy Thomas Fortune was alive today he would be leading the charge for black political independence from every political party that wasn't serving the cause of black economic and educational progress. Please spend the day with The Blackman Who Reads Aloud Hour Project as I delve into this courageous​ black man of the media.