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From The Indianapolis News, Friday, September 10, 1920: Speakers at the colored Baptist National Convention meeting in Tomlinson Hall condemned mob violence, lynching and general lawlessness. “True democracy can never exist in America as long as men and women are lynched and burned at the stake. America can never criticize others so long as she is unable to protect her own loyal citizens,” declared Rev. Parks of Philadelphia. “Now is the time we must let the world know we are opposed to proscriptions of any kind. We want to see, as far as it is in our power to do so, that only men are sent to congress who believe in the sacredness of human rights, and will recognize in the negro an American citizen, deserving of every right accorded any loyal, law-abiding citizen,” asserted Dr. Barbour of Galveston, Texas.


“Colored Baptists Ask Recognition of Race,” The Indianapolis News, 10 September 1920, p. 14:4

From The Indianapolis Times, Friday, September 3, 1920: To vote in the November election it is absolutely necessary that you take one of the two opportunities provided to register to vote. Tomorrow is the first of two registration days for voters to register in person in their home precinct from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is now too late for voters to register by mail. Women, as well as men, must register. Democratic and Republican state and county parties are completing arrangements to get as near a 100 per cent registration as possible for their strength in the general election will be determined by the number of voters who register. It is up to the precinct organizations to see that every voter is properly registered. The next and last opportunity to register to vote after tomorrow is October 4.


“Want to Vote? Register; Two Opportunities,” The Indianapolis Times, 3 September 1920, p. 1:1

From The Indianapolis Star, Friday, August 27, 1920:  An indignation meeting was held last evening at Shelby and Hervey Streets, with over one hundred South Side citizens attending, to protest against the pollution of Pleasant Run and Bean Creek.  One protester said that a man fell into Pleasant Run recently and died later from the poisoned water.  Carl Neiger, 1434 Cottage Av, said he had to close the doors and windows of his home three times within the year because of the odor from the stream.  A resolution adopted citing the Indianapolis board of public health having called attention to the deplorable and unsanitary conditions of the streams caused by the waste from industrial plants, called upon the local and state boards of health “to stop this condition, by use of the ample power vested in them by state laws.”




“Filthy Creeks Cause Protest,” The Indianapolis Star, 27 August 1920, p. 17:1

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