Abraham Lincoln Carries On Club

10-year old LRSH students fight to end racial bias and advocate for legislation banning discrimination in employment based on race, creed, color, and national origin by forming the Abraham Lincoln Carries On club. They wrote to Mayor Laguardia, urging him to help end racial bias.

The term “Negro,” which appears in the document above, was in widespread use by Civil Rights activists and others who looked to celebrate African American history during the 1940s and 1950s. Although many people accepted the term in the 1950s, activists in the 1960s and 1970s argued for the term “Black,” and in the 1980s for the term “African American.” By the 1970s the word “Negro” was widely viewed as an insult or a term of derision, and the news media (eg, the New York Times) and other mainstream institutions had largely stopped using it by the end of that decade.