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11.7.7 Come, let us take counsel together Attend NAACP Wartime Conference for Total Peace, Chicago, July 12-16

Advertising poster for conference showing hand labelled NAACP strangling Jim Crow, a crow with a Nazi flag and a Japanese army and navy flag on its talons.

Fax, Elton C.
1944
Poster
Library of Congress

Fax, Elton C., artist. "Come, let us take counsel together" Attend NAACP Wartime Conference for Total Peace, Chicago, July 12-16. Poster. From Library of Congress, Visual materials from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People records. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2010648420/

This is a poster advertising a July 1944 conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a leading civil rights organization. Take a close look at the poster and focus first on the crow with the words Jim Crow on its chest, with a hand strangling the crow with the letters NAACP written on the sleeve. (Jim Crow is the phrase used to describe the racial caste system that legally, socially, and violently oppressed African Americans from the 1870s to the 1960s.) Then look down at the crow’s feet and see the two flags, one the Nazi flag and the other the Japanese Rising Sun flag — symbols of the leading Axis powers. There are several ways to interpret this image. The NAACP is trying to send a message that compares conditions about race at home and the importance of the war. How would the NAACP relate to Jim Crow, which is also connected to the enemies of the United States? How does the image accomplish the goal of connecting enemies at home and abroad? How does it advance the NAACP’s goals to make this comparison? What do you think the crow’s feet represent? Who do you think is the intended audience for the poster?

This is a poster advertising a July 1944 conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a leading civil rights organization. Have students study this image closely (and please also note there is a visual literacy page that corresponds with this document). Direct them to do the following in order to properly read the poster: Take a close look at the poster and focus first on the crow that has the words Jim Crow on its chest, with a hand strangling the crow with the letters NAACP written on the sleeve. (Jim Crow is the phrase used to describe the racial caste system that legally, socially, and violently oppressed African Americans from the 1870s to the 1960s.) Then look down at the crow’s feet and see the two flags, one the Nazi flag and the other the Japanese Rising Sun flag — symbols of the leading Axis powers. There are several ways to interpret this image. The NAACP is trying to send a message that compares conditions about race at home and the importance of the war. Ask students to consider the following questions: How would the NAACP relate to Jim Crow, which is also connected to the enemies of the United States? How does the image accomplish the goal of connecting enemies abroad with those at home? How does it advance the NAACP’s goals to make this comparison? What do you think the crow’s feet represent? Who do you think is the intended audience for the poster?

“Come, let us take counsel together” Attend NAACP Wartime Conference for Total Peace, Chicago, July 12-16

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