Introduction to the Niagara Movement Special Issue

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During October 5-9, 2005 the Association for the Study of African American Life and History held its annual conference in Buffalo, New York. For four and a half days the city of Buffalo played host to this premier black history organization as part of the yearlong planned celebration in commemoration of the centennial of the 1905 Niagara Movement. The first Niagara Movement meeting was caucused in the city of Buffalo. Therefore the theme of the conference was the Centennial of the 1905 meeting. All of the essays in this special issue of the Journal of Afro-Americans in New York Life and History were in fact presented during the 2005 conference. We solicited the essays after the conference by contacting each of the individuals. All of the individuals agreed to contribute to this special issue with much excitement and understood that this single issue would offer much needed documentation for this historical event. Each of the essays allows us to reflect back on the 1905 meeting and simultaneously offers sustenance for the future.

All of the essays are original essays that were designed for the 2005 conference meeting. Moreover they each offer new and insightful discussions of the 1905 Movement that has been sorely lacking within our discourses. …

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