A Quarter Million


W.E.B. Du Bois


March 1, 1921

Year before last the N.A.A.C.P. counted 90,000 members; last year because of the assault on our secretary in Texas and the post-war slump in all united effort we had about 88,000 members. This year, recovered and alive, with a new secretary and new assistants, with our hands so full of work and the field so ripe for harvest that we scarcely know where to begin, we are launching a spring drive. We are going to find 250,000 red-blooded black and white men and women who believe in freedom and in the methods which we have proven worth fighting with.

If you belong to us, renew your membership now and bring a brother. If you have been sitting on the sidelines, cheering, get into the game. If you have been standing outside criticizing and doubting and hesitating, read our record printed in these pages, and get busy. Do something. Join us! Help us! We have not all the wisdom, but we have some. We have not yet created a new heaven and a new earth, but we have done more than talk and gesticulate. Members of the N.A.A.C.P. pay from $1 to $10 or more a year.

The Crisis costs $1.50 a year. Spend at least $2.50 now on freedom for your children.


For attribution, please cite this work as:
Du Bois, W.E.B. 1921. “A Quarter Million.” The Crisis 21 (5): 213. https://www.dareyoufight.org/Volumes/21/05/a_quarter_million.html.