70 Fifth Avenue
Built in 1910
Historic Place of Education and Peaceful Protest
This building housed the NAACP headquarters from 1914 until the mid-1920s. During that period, countless lionhearted figures fought for justice and equal access to education. The NAACP flew “A Man Was Lynched Yesterday” above Fifth Avenue to remind those below that lynchings continued to rob Black men and women across America of their lives. The Crisis, the NAACP’s house magazine, published hard-hitting reports of American racism while creating space to celebrate talented Black artists, writers, and activists. No. 70 Fifth is at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 13th Street.
Narrated by Rebecca Naomi-Jones
Music: Leontyne Price and Billy Taylor, “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”
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