Roslyn M. Brock’s election as chairman of the NAACP is being hailed by the civil rights organization as a “generational shift” in leadership.
In the summer of 1908, the country was shocked by the account of the race riots at Springfield, Illinois. Here, in the home of Abraham Lincoln, a mob containing many of the town's "best citizens," raged for two days, killed and wounded scores of Negroes, and drove thousands from the city. And because of this the NAACP was born.
Not only did Wendell P. Dabney break ground for the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP, he also broke ground for the first Cincinnati newspaper aimed to the African American community.