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Title Draft Speech by James Samuel Stemons to be Given at the Baptist Ministers' Conference
Author Stemons, James Samuel
Date 1909
Document Type Correspondence; Manuscript
Reference MSS 12, Box 4, Folder 12
Library / Archive Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection Name James Samuel Stemons Papers, 1894-1922
Description A draft speech by James Samuel Stemons to be given at the Baptist Ministers' Conference, in which he describes his lecture tour of churches in Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania, asks for the church to help aid race relations, and discusses the issue of industrial repression and criminality amongst African Americans with several anecdotal examples.
Series Description The collection documents Stemons' personal and professional life, and includes correspondence, printed materials, writings, clippings, a photocopy of a marriage licence to Arizona L. Cleaver, and the manuscript of his unpublished autobiographical novel.
Biographical Note / History James Samuel Stemons was born in Clarksville, Tennessee, and settled in Philadelphia c.1900. A postal worker, journalist and writer, he served as the editor of two short-lived African American newspapers: The Philadelphia Courant and The Pilot. He was also active in several civic organizations. An outspoken advocate for equal industrial opportunities for blacks, he lectured and published extensively on race relations. He served as field secretary of the Joint Organization of the Association for Equalizing Industrial Opportunities and the League of Civic and Political Reform.
Theme(s) Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations
Places Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Ports New York City, United States
Nationality African American
People Stemons, James Samuel
Keywords race, racism, religion, employment, wages, equality, industry, crime, segregation
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania catalogue.
Language English
Document(s) linked to James Samuel Stemons Speeches – Lincoln Conference
Copyright Historical Society of Pennsylvania