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William Pickens

William Pickens (1881-1954) was a well-known educator and advocate for civil rights, having penned his autobiography The Heir of Slaves in 1911. The year William Pickens spoke in Galesburg, he was also the major orator at the NAACP's national convention. He published The New Negro the next year, followed by an expanded version of his autobiography Bursting Bonds in 1923.

William Pickens lecture poster

The original poster from which this image was made is owned by Knox College.

Back to the Blacks in Galesburg online exhibit.